Waltzing Matilda

David McLean
Grade Levels
5th - 9th
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  • Zip (7 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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Waltzing Matilda is an iconic Australian poem. It was Australia's default national anthem at one stage. Here we have an examination of the poem. The workbook provides activities to do before one reads, while one reads and after one reads. This scaffolding approach allows for common knowledge to be gathered and shared. The close reading means one can look at the terminology and ideas. And the post reading activities allow one to place the material into a broader context. There is also a reading of the poem on an associated PowerPoint. The reading is a necessary educational tool as it provides dimension and perspective. The workbook and PowerPoint come in a zip file. The recommendation is that you copy the file to your desktop or laptop. Open the file with windows explorer. If asked about external content, give permission. This is the audio file reading of the poem which is linked to the PowerPoint. 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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7 pages and mp3 file
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