Archive | December, 2016

‘Mirror’

19 Dec

In The Tempest, discoveries occur when individuals step away from their prejudices and preoccupations.  In other words, the discoveries occur when individuals see the world from perspectives other than their own.

These ideas are echoed in Jeannie Baker’s Mirror, a picture book which compares and contrasts the lives of families in the Western world and the Arab world.  Through reading the text, responders are encouraged to set aside their prejudices and discover commonalities and celebrate difference, rather than demonising a group due to their difference.  In this sense, a parallel can be found between Prospero’s journey of self-discovery in The Tempest and that of the responders in relation to Mirror.

Note too that this text could be used to illuminate ideas in Go Back to Where You Came From.

‘Hotel Rwanda’

17 Dec

Hotel Rwanda would make an interesting choice of related text for Year 12 students.

The film explores the Rwandan genocide and offers an interesting juxtaposition of the horrors committed by some and the humanity exhibited by others.  In doing so, in facilitates discoveries about people, places, society and the world more generally.

It could be a particularly interesting text alongside Guevara’s The Motorcycle Diaries as both are inherently political in nature.  In might also shine alongside some of Frost’s poetry which prompts reflection on, and discoveries about, people and their relationships with the world.

‘Invictus’

12 Dec

Invictus, a film about Nelson Mandela and the South African rugby team, has potential as AOS Discovery related material.

The film is set after apartheid when the ANC is in power.  It is a time of division and a time of uncertainty.  Mandela, the new President, needs to unite the nation.  He seizes upon the Springboks (the South African rugby team) and the upcoming world cup as a means for all South Africans, regardless of race, to come together for a common goal.

In this film, characters discover the limitations and dangers of prejudice.  They also learn about the freedom, support and confidence that comes from having barriers and misunderstanding removed.  Additionally, South Africans begin to discover a new way of living.

It would be an interesting text to pair with Shakespeare’s The Tempest, Guevara’s The Motorcycle Diaries and even, potentially, some of Frost or Gray’s poems.

‘Our Stories’

8 Dec

As noted previously, I had hopes of putting together a documentaries unit that engaged with a range of shorter texts.

One of the texts that my students explored was ‘Tattooed Lawyer‘ from the SBS series ‘Our Stories.’  We used this text as a means of discussing the type of content that can be included in a documentary.  We also discussed the role played by voice overs, location shots, action shots and direct-to-camera narration in conveying an individual’s experiences and identity.

Picturing comparisons

7 Dec

Students often find it difficult to make meaningful connections between texts.  Indeed, this is the case for my senior classes.  To assist them I want to print a series of stills from the film they have been studying.  Then, I want students to trawl through their notes and find quotes from their novel which could provide interesting points of comparison.  Students can link through shared ideas, catalysts, consequences, similarities in terms of characters and the like.