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What is speaking truth to power? Lesson 1 of 6

Key stage 4 (ages 14-16) • Active Citizenship • Lesson and support materials

What is speaking truth to power?

This lesson is part 1 of a sequence of 6 lessons addressing the key enquiry: What tools can we use to challenge injustice in our communities?

As a starting point for this scheme of work, students are introduced to the concept of speaking truth to power. They begin by considering who holds power in our society and what its impact is. They then learn about the history of speaking truth to power, analyse examples of famous speeches, and explore their use as a tool to challenge injustice in communities.

Students will work towards answering the following questions:
  1. Who has power in our society?
  2. What does ‘speak truth to power’ mean?
  3. Can a speech be a tool for challenging injustice?
  4. Does speaking truth to power work?
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