A zip file of resources including:
1. Aspects of Belonging and Raimond Gaita
A brainstorming starting point for students to explore various aspects of belonging in the novel.
2. Assimilation and Conforming to Society's Expectations
An examination of how assimilation applies to the text, finishing with a synthesis task using symbolism.
3. Belonging in Australian Society
Students explore the superficial and deeper levels of what it means to belong in Australia for the Gaitas.
4. Character Diagram for Raimond
How many ways does Raimond show he belongs? A brainstorm starting point to explore and define Raimond's belonging in Australia.
5. Character Diagram for Romulus
How many ways does Romulus show he belongs? A brainstorm starting point to explore and define Romulus' belonging in Australia.
6. Concepts of Love
Examine each concept of love then write an analysis paragraph of how it is demonstrated in the text. Now think about the antithesis of each statement and explore how this too might be evident in the novel.
An analysis at some of the humerous parts of the story and the importance Gaita places on balancing humour with some of the more darker aspects.
8. Journalism 101 - Looking at Setting in Romulus' Life
Students gather the information about the four aspects of setting (cultural, historical, social and personal) before creating an interview for 60 Minutes.
A look at how mental health was perceived in 1950s Australia and how Christine and Vecek struggle as a result of this. Students explore these references in the text.
10. What is Goodness Prompt Cards
A reflection based task sheet that allows students to ponder what goodness really is, and how it is defined in the novel with the aid of some reflection card starting points.
11. You Be The Lawyer!
Imagine if Raimond Gaita’s situation had been taken up by Child Welfare when he was a child, based on the tragic events of his home life. An imaginary prosecution have come up with some possible reasons why Raimond Gaita may be better off living in arranged care. As a lawyer, you are to examine the statements carefully and then prepare a case for the defense by challenging any statements that you disagree with, or explaining why you agree to some others.
12. PowerPoint: Belonging Jeopardy!
A game which the whole class can play, either in teams or one against all. Excellent for revision. Covers all aspects of belonging in the text - places, events, characters, ideas and relationships.