Belonging related texts

12 Oct

My students often find it quite difficult to source related texts relevant to the HSC Area of Study.  Below is my ever-growing list of suggestions that relate to BELONGING:

  1. Belonging‘, a short story by Ben Okri.
  2. Trailer for film entitled The Rocket.
  3. Trailer for film entitled Approved for Adoption.
  4. Essay by Zora Neal Hurston entitled ‘How it feels to be colored me‘.
  5. Eric, graphic novel by Shaun Tan.
  6. Never Let Me Go, a novel by Kazuo Ishiguro.
  7. The Help, a novel by Kathryn Stockett.
  8. A graphic novel by Shaun Tan entitled The Arrival.
  9. A picture book by Jeannie Baker entitled Belonging.
  10. Little Miss Sunshine, directed by Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris.
  11. Fox, a picture book written by Margaret Wild.
  12. Where is home‘, a TED Talk by Pico Iyer.
  13. Trailer for film entitled What Maisie Knew.
  14. To This Day… for the bullied and beautiful‘, a TED Talk by Shane Koyczan.
  15. Ain’t I a Woman?‘ – a speech presented by Sojourner Truth.
  16. Dark Black‘, spoken word poetry by Indigo Williams.
  17. The Wrong Truth‘, spoken word poetry by Indigo Williams.
  18. Before I die I want to…‘ a TED Talk by Candy Chang.
  19. The danger of a single story‘, a TED Talk by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.
  20. The sibling bond‘, a TED Talk by Jeffrey Kluger.
  21. A child of the state‘, a TED Talk by Lemn Sissay.
  22. The story of a girl‘, a TED Talk by Rick Smolan.
  23. A story of mixed emoticons‘, a TED Talk by Rives.
  24. The Color Purple, a novel by Alice Walker.
  25. My Big Fat Greek Wedding, a film directed by Joel Zwick (trailer)
  26. The Sapphires, a film directed by Wayne Blair (trailer).
  27. The Turning, short stories by Tim Winton.
  28. The Rabbits, a graphic novel by John Marsden and Shaun Tan.
  29. Happy Feet, a film directed by George Miller.
  30. A Clean, Well-Lighted Place‘, a short story by Ernest Hemingway.
  31. The Bluest Eye, a novel by Toni Morrison.
  32. Everyday Use‘, a short story by Alice Walker.
  33. Freedom Writers, a film directed by Richard LaGravenese (trailer).
  34. Invictus, a film directed by Clint Eastwood (trailer).
  35. Osama, a film directed by Siddiq Barmak (trailer).
  36. Dead Poets Society, a film directed by Peter Weir (trailer).
  37. Hotel Rwanda, a film directed by Terry George (trailer).
  38. The Power of One, a film directed by John G. Avildsen (trailer).
  39. Last Ride, a film directed by Glendyn Ivin (trailer).
  40. The Waiting City, a film directed by Claire McCarthy (trailer).
  41. Precious, a film directed by Lee Daniels (trailer).
  42. Girl Rising, a film directed by Richard Robbins (trailer).
  43. Best Friends Forever, a film directed by Jacob Chase and Amy McGrath (trailer).
  44. Bully, a film directed by Lee Hirsch (trailer).
  45. Art installation entitled Edge of Trees (details here).
  46. Craig Walsh’s art installation entitled Embedded (details & explanation of relevance).
  47. ‘Invisible Child’ by Andrea Elliott (part one of article here).
  48. Fangirl, a novel by Rainbow Rowell.
  49. Eleanor & Park, a novel by Rainbow Rowell.

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