Mulga Bill's Bicycle

David McLean
Grade Levels
4th - 9th
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  • Zip (6 pages and mp3 file)
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  1. Every teacher in Australia should have a collection of Australian poems for classroom use. Here we have the quintessential compendium; Paterson, Lawson and the classic 'How McDougall Topped the Score' and 'Said Hanrahan'. There is a marvellous tradition in Australia of ballad verse which is entertai
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You can't go wrong with this classic ballad about a crazy bicycle ride. Banjo Paterson created memorable characters that have endured the test of time. The workbook associated with this poem scaffolds learning by building on the knowledge students may bring to class. There are activities while one reads. Most notably, there is the reading on the PowerPoint to give scope and dimension. There are post reading activities to encourage research and perspective. In all, one has a complete package to overcome any intimidation one might have when tackling poetry.

It's best to copy the zip file onto your laptop or desk top. Open with windows explorer and allow for outside content. This is the audio recording linked to the PowerPoint. And you can copy the workbook pages as much as you need. Other titles include:- The Man from Snowy River, Waltzing Matilda, Mulga Bill's Bicycle. You might also like to try Lawson's, The Glass on the Bar and Mary Called Him Mister as well as O'Brien's, Said Hanrahan and Spencer's. How McDougall Topped the Score. The entire collection of Australian poetry is also available as a discounted bundle.

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6 pages and mp3 file
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