Free KS3 English lesson plan on Carol Ann Duffy’s poem ‘Hour’

by Just Like Us
April 2022

Just Like Us, the LGBT+ young people’s charity, has released a free KS3 English lesson plan on Carol Ann Duffy’s poem ‘Hour’.

The free, ready-to-go resources on the poet include a lesson plan and Slides presentation for secondary school teachers to use with their class.

Free KS3 English lesson plan

The aims of the lesson are to explore the theme of love in Carol Ann Duffy’s poem ‘Hour’ and explore the idea of gender in the poem ‘Hour’.

The free English lesson plan also contains a breakdown of the poem, challenge questions for students to explore its meaning, a discussion around imagery in the poem, an exploration around LGBT+ representation, and a bio of the Scottish poet and playwright.

The resources can be adapted for all KS3 pupils but are most suitable for Year 9 pupils. They are part of a range of free English resources available as part of School Diversity Week.

How to download the English lesson plan on Carol Ann Duffy

If you are a member of school staff at a primary school, secondary school or sixth form college, here’s how to access the free resources, including the English lesson plan on Carol Ann Duffy.

  1. Sign up for School Diversity Week by creating an account and ticking ‘School Diversity Week’
  2. You’ll then receive an email saying you’ve been signed up and granted access to the resources
  3. Browse and download resources in our portal

What is School Diversity Week?

School Diversity Week is the UK-wide celebration of LGBT+ equality in thousands of primary and secondary schools. It’s run by Just Like Us and takes place every June.

More than 50 free, LGBT+ inclusive resources including lesson plans and assemblies have been launched by Just Like Us ahead of School Diversity Week this June.

Thousands of UK primary and secondary schools are signed up to take part in celebrating School Diversity Week, with activities ranging from LGBT+ inclusive geography and science lessons, story time activities and assemblies to school talks from Just Like Us and a Rainbow Friday dress-up day.

Why celebrate School Diversity Week?

Positive messaging about being LGBT+ is linked to school pupils having better mental health and wellbeing, including being less likely to experience depression, regardless of whether the pupils are LGBT+ or not, independent research has found.

Sign up for School Diversity Week to access free English lesson plans along with many more free LGBT+ inclusive resources.