Novel Study: A Bridge to Wiseman’s Cove

5 Jan

My mainstream Year 9 class will begin the year by studying James Moloney’s A Bridge to Wiseman’s Cove.

Carl, his big sister Sarah and little brother Harley have had a difficult childhood.  Their fathers did not stick around and heir mother experienced difficulty coping, often going on little ‘holidays’ to escape her life.  During their mother’s absences, Sarah, the eldest child, looked after her brother. Well, she did until their mother’s last disappearance; after a few weeks she sold the furniture, sent her brothers to live with their Aunt Beryl in Wattle Bay and set off for Europe.

The brothers had a rough start in Wattle Bay; Beryl did not really want them, Harley got into trouble, and Carl as forced to leave school and find a job.  However, after meeting the Duncans life started to look up for the brothers.

This is a novel about family, love and friendship that provides numerous points of connection to the lives and emotions of students.

The plan is to use this unit to gauge students’ knowledge levels and introduce them to different textual forms as a means of responding to texts.

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