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4.13 the metalanguage of subject English used to describe, discuss and differentiate texts and their language forms, features and structures

Students learn to:

10.3 identify and describe cultural expressions in texts

Students learn about:

10.5 different cultures and their common and distinguishing elements

Students learn about:

10.9 the ways culture and personal experience position composers and responders and influence response to and composition of texts

Themes in the novel

a)

The immigrant experience of adapting to a new way of life

b)

cultural differences

c)

making new friends

d)

changing family relationships.

Below is a teaching sequence for the first theme:

a) The immigrant experience of adapting to a new way of life:

Teacher introduces the poet, Peter Skrzynecki providing background information on the Skrzynecki family and linking their experience with that of the Castillo family.

Give students time to read ‘Migrant Hostel’ silently. Then the teacher reads the poem aloud to the class.

Working in pairs students read the poem aloud to each other. Jot down ideas or questions.

Teacher leads a discussion of first impressions. What is the poem about? Who are the characters? Initial thoughts?

Students complete negotiated activities from Worksheet 7.

Linking a theme from the novel to real life

Students interview a person they know who

Teacher’s own copy of

Peter Skrzynecki’s poem, ‘Migrant Hostel’ from Immigrant Chronicle, University of Queensland Press, 1975.

Worksheet 7

Peter Skrzynecki –‘Migrant Hostel’

Worksheet 8

Interviews

Students show understanding of what the poem is about through their involvement in discussion.

Completion of negotiated activities from Worksheet 7.

Students are able to make connections between the ideas in the poem and the ideas in the novel.

Students formulate interview questions

NSW Department of Education and Training      November 2004Page 6 of 12

Curriculum K-12 Directoratehttp://www.curriculumsupport.education.nsw.gov.au

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