by John Marsden
A dark retelling of England overtaking Australia and the changes that accompany its invasion.
Reading Strategy 1: Access background knowledge.
Reading Strategy 2: Predict what will be learned or what will happen.
Reading Strategy 5: Make mental pictures.
Reading Strategy 6: Connect what you read with what you already know.
Reading Strategy 7: Determine the most important ideas and events and the relationship between them.
Reading Strategy 8: Extract information from text, charts, graphs, maps and illustrations.
Reading Strategy 11: Make inferences and draw conclusions.
(1) Review the Thinking Like an Author reading activity with students.
(2) Have students divide their page into three columns and title the first column “What I see,” the second column “What I think” and the third column “Now I think ” (or use the Predict and Reflect Graphic Organizer).
(3) Show students the pictures – in the whole book, start to finish – without reading any of the text, and have students record what they see in the first column, in note-taking format. In the second, “What I think” column, have students write predictions associated with each of their “What I see” points.
(4) Read the book aloud. Have students reflect on how their thinking changed after hearing the words associated with the text. Have students respond in the third, “Now I think” column.
(5) Have students share with a partner how and why their thinking changed.
(6) Review the Thinking While Reading reading activity with students. Have students complete the associated Graphic Organizer.
(7) Complete the Seeing Both Sides: Persuasive Writing activity to further examine the issues presented by the author.