The Man from Ironbark

David McLean
Grade Levels
4th - 9th
Formats Included
  • 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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The characters created by Banjo Paterson are memorable and entertaining and no where is that more obvious than in The Man from Ironbark about a bushman looking for a shave in Sydney town. The workbook scaffolds the learning by utilising pre-reading activities to gather what students might already know and establish a foundation. The activities during the poem look at rhyme or meter and imagery and are often practical in nature. The post reading activities hope to provide a little more context. Most importantly, there is a reading on the PowerPoint that comes with the workbook. This provides added dimension and helps familiarise students with the sound and meter.

The material is contained in a zip file. Copy it to your desk top or laptop and open it with windows explorer. If asked, allow for external content when opening the PowerPoint - this is the audio reading. 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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