Celebrating the lives of an amazing role model – through poetry




Workshop Description

The moment in December 1955 that an exhausted Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat for a white person changed the world – and ultimately led to people of all races and cultures standing together in the cause of equal rights. This workshop uses a range of drama techniques to introduce pupils to Rosa Parks and her legacy, then guides them through ways of creating their own powerful poetry. KS1 pupils will write and perform collaborative poems, whilst older children will explore structures including from long-form clerihews and cinquains.

Exploring: Rosa Parks, the civil rights movement, poetic structures.

Cross-Curricular Links: History, Geography, Literacy, PSHE, Drama

Holocaust Memorial Day, Poetry
KS1 - KS4 / P2 - S5
30 pupils per workshop
45 minutes (KS1 / P1 - P3) to 90 minutes (KS2 / P4 - P7 upwards)


How many pupils can take part?

Rosa Parks – Sitting Down to Stand Together can accommodate up-to 30 pupils at a time.

What is the format of the day?

We will work with you to plan a timetable for the workshops, to suit the number of classes you would like to include - and around the specific timings of your school day. It might look something like this:

9.00 - 10.00: Session 1

10.00 - 11.00: Session 2

11.00 - 12.00: Session 3


1.00 - 2.00: Session 4

2.00 - 3.00: Session 5

Are there any technical requirements?

Your visitor will need access to a laptop/ screen/projector set up in the working space.

Where do the workshops take place?

These are active workshops and benefit from a large open space such as the school hall. A large classroom with desks and chairs stowed away as far as possible is fine.

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