Lesson 1 (from Chapter 1)
The setting of the settlement is introduced in this chapter. This lesson will examine the initial descriptions of this important setting.
1) Have students (independently or in small groups) review the chapter looking for details about the settlement. Ask them to take notes about the description of the settlement.
2) Then ask them to create visual representations of the settlement. Ask them to share their representations with the class.
3) Class discussion: What is most notable to you as a reader about the settlement? How do you think the settlers will react to Gemmy if he stays in the settlement? Why?
4) Homework: Write a short essay describing why you would or wouldn't want to live in an Australian settlement like the one described in this first chapter. Justify your viewpoint with details.
Lesson 2 (from Chapter 1)
From the very start of the novel Gemmy is set up as an "other...
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