This writing pack is to help young people investigate stories of migration and those seeking refuge. Young writers will be able to create their own poetry inspired by song lyrics. It has been released to mark Refugee Week 2020 (15th – 21st June).
At the heart of these writing exercises is the question of what is it that would make someone leave their home and their loved ones and how do you start to build a new life after that?
The pack contains activities that will support learners to:
• define refugees and migrants
• analyse song lyrics and rhyme patterns
• write a new poem or song about the push and pull factors for refugees and migrants
The central writing activity is around creating a poetry dialogue between two family members: one of whom wants to leave their home country and the other who wants them to stay.
Ministry of Stories young writers (aged 10-15) took part in our Migration Tales Summer Writing Club in August 2019 and tested all of these activities, producing incredible poems with backing tracks which you can listen to here.