KS3 drama: Free lesson plan on LGBT+ spoken word poetry

by Just Like Us
September 2022

A photo of a KS3 drama lesson

Just Like Us, the LGBT+ young people’s charity, has released a free KS3 drama lesson plan exploring LGBT+ identity in spoken word poetry.

The free, ready-to-go resource will teach pupils about the poetry of various LGBT+ performers, from Joy Ladin to Joseph O. Legaspi.

The lesson will give pupils the opportunity to perform the poetry in groups, demonstrating their own interpretations.

The aim of the lesson is for pupils to gain an insight into how LGBT+ identities are explored in spoken word poetry, and to develop their performance skills.

This resource is one of several drama resources available for KS3 and KS4.

How to download this KS3 drama lesson plan:

If you are a staff member at a UK primary school, secondary school or sixth form college, you can access Just Like Us’ free resources by following these steps:

  1. Sign up for School Diversity Week (make sure you tick ‘School Diversity Week’).
  2. Afterwards, you’ll receive an email granting you access to the resources.
  3. Then, browse and download resources in our portal.

What is School Diversity Week?

Every June, Just Like Us runs School Diversity Week: a celebration of LGBT+ equality in primary and secondary schools across the UK.

As part of this, Just Like Us has created more than 50 free, LGBT+ inclusive resources for use in schools. These include lesson plans, worksheets, assembly ideas, story time discussions, and presentations. Plus, there is a Rainbow Friday non-uniform day to fundraise for Just Like Us.

Each year, thousands of UK primary and secondary schools take part in School Diversity Week, gaining free access to a host of LGBT+ inclusive lessons – from the life of Alan Turing to the poetry of Carol Ann Duffy.

Why celebrate School Diversity Week?

Independent research has linked positive messaging about being LGBT+ to pupils reporting better mental health and wellbeing at school, regardless of whether they are LGBT+ or not.

Sign up for School Diversity Week to access our wide-ranging and free LGBT+ inclusive resources. You’ll be joining thousands of other schools across the UK.