Students will explore the descriptive language used in the text 'Blueback' and the impact that this has on the reader to build meaning, feeling and opinion.
This lesson is part of a unit of work on the text Blueback. It assumes some previous study of the text has already been completed. View the full Unit here.
Students will each require a copy of Student Worksheets: Figurative language and Character Compare in this lesson.
Western Australian curriculum
|English||Language||Expressing and developing ideas||ACELA1512, ACELA1525|
|English||Literature||Literature and context||ACELT1613, ACELT1619|
|English||Literature||Responding to literature||ACELT1609, ACELT1620, ACELT1621|
|English||Literacy||Interacting with others||ACELY1699, ACELY1709, ACELY1719|
|English||Literacy||Interpreting, analysing, evaluating||ACELY1721, ACELY1701, ACELY1711|
“a fisheries patrol boat swung around in the headland and skated across Longboat Bay” (p. 88)
- Discuss the descriptive language used within the text, including simile, metaphor, personification and imagery. What do these words mean? Use Student Worksheet: Figurative language to find examples within the text.
- Discuss the perspective that the story is written in. Does this affect how the text is read? What impact does it have?
- Discuss with your students the characterisation of Abel, Costello, Abel’s mother and Mad Macka. How are you as the reader encouraged to feel about each of these characters? Provide students with Student Worksheet: Character Compare and ask them to compare and contrast Abel and Costello. Encourage the use of adjectives and examples from the text.