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Stories from Haiti for 11-14 years

Develop English skills by exploring Haiti's multiple stories.
Melissa Mervilus holding a picture of an earthquake proof house that she painted.

Taking the Haitian earthquake as a starting point, learners will use other real-life stories from Haiti to develop their speaking and listening, reading and writing skills.  Activities include opportunities for poetry analysis, role play and storytelling.


Teachers Overview


Information about reports on our work in Haiti.

A different version of this resource is also available for ages 7-11.

Part One: Up to 2010

Lesson 1

Discover that Haiti has multiple stories of which the earthquake story is a single element.

Lesson 2

Find out about Haiti's artists and then analyse a poem written in response to the earthquake.

Lesson 3

Explore how Haiti's history and geography contributed to its poverty and vulnerability at the time of the earthquake.

Background information for lesson 3

Further information about Haiti's geography and poverty stories.

Slideshow 1

For use with lessons 1-3.

Lesson 4

Study the different language used by UK and Haitian newspapers to report on the earthquake.

Lesson 5

Use real survivor stories to role play events in the immediate aftermath of the earthquake.

Lesson 6

Write your own newspaper article for a Haitian audience.

Slideshow 2

For use with lessons 4-6.

Optional slideshow

For use with lessons 5 & 6.

Part Two: 2011-2014


Lesson 7

Using media stories from the anniversary of the earthquake, suggest reasons why rebuilding was slow.

Lesson 8

Create a feature for a TV news programme based on stories of survivors' resourcefulness and resilience.

Lesson 9

Who do you think should be taking most responsibility for rebuilding Haiti and why?

Slideshow 3

For use with lessons 7-9.

Lesson 10

Use visual and written sources to find out about urban gardening in Port-au-Prince.

Farming Yards leaflet

For use with lesson 10.

Lessons 11

Prepare your own story about Haiti and decide how to share it with others.

Lesson 12

Finish your own story about Haiti and share it with others.

Slideshow 4

For use with lessons 10-12

Stories from Haiti: Up to 2010

Stories from Haiti: 2011-2014

Extract from Kembe La

Stories from Haiti: A new story