Australian Curriculum Links:
- Experiment with text structures and language features and their effects in creating literary texts, for example, using imagery, sentence variation, metaphor and word choice (ACELT1800)
- Make connections between students’ own experiences and those of characters and events represented in texts drawn from different historical, social and cultural contexts (ACELT1613)
- Analyse and evaluate similarities and differences in texts on similar topics, themes or plots(ACELT1614)
- Start off by showing students the title and front cover. Ask students what they think this story will be about.
- Read through the story and ask students to make mental notes.
- Upon finishing the text, ask students what they really think this story is about. Come to the conclusion that it is about the European settlement in Australia.
- Split students into groups of 2-3 and allocate a particular page and illustration for them to analyse.
- Tell students they need to answer the following questions and prepare a short 1 minute speech to present to the class.
- What can you see in your picture
- Discuss the link between the illustrations and the text
- Do any objects or characters in your illustration have a symbolic meaning? May have to discuss what symbolism is here.
- How does this picture make them feel?
Create a success criteria for the students to be marked against and set students to work
- Discuss what the students learned and how their perception is now changed.
- Work Sample
- Anecdotal Notes
- The Rabbits by John Marsden