A whole unit's worth of resources in PDF form (and 1 PowerPoint) including:
1. Brief Summary
Students re-cap on each of the scenes in the play and what aspects of belonging are evident in each scene.
2. Characterisation of June
Using Wordle, students explore various aspects that define who June is before going on to create a wordle for May.
3. Critical Analysis
Problematic knowledge, the definition of multi-cultural Australia and character perspectives - it's all here in this critical analysis of the text.
4. Distinctive Characteristics of Tara June Winch
Examine four distinctive writing traits of the author's before applying them to your own writing.
5. ICT Task on the Author's Personal Representations
A launchpad for students to explore what elements of Winch's own life inspired 'Swallow the Air'.
6. Key Ideas Revision Task
Explores all aspects of the text from setting through to themes. You can use this task as: a jigsaw task; a bus stop task; general group work task; individual task; a paired task.
7. Key Ideas Through Montage and Soundscape
Think about how Winch uses characters to deliver strong social messages to modern day readers about Australia’s indigenous heritage. What does it mean to be indigenous? What is its effect on societies around the world? In the past? In the present day? And how does it shape our notion of ‘home’ and belonging to a landscape? 5 tasks to get students' minds thinking.
8. Key Words Analysis
What are the key elements that define this text, and which ideas are more important than others? A worksheet that will start to generate some possible themes which students decide upon themselves by using the list of key words.
9. May's Emotional Journey
20 symbols to match the 20 chapters in this text. What is each's significance? Add them to the path which symbolises May's emotional journey through the text.
Water, air, earth and fire. How does each apply to the text?
11. Visual Analysis - Governor Arthur's Proclamation to the Aborigines
An class task which looks at an aspect of colonial Australia, its relationship with the indigenous people and its possible connections to 'Swallow the Air'.
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, societies, characters, ideas and relationships.