Study pack for exploring the novel. Resources include:
1. Relationships - Witness Accounts
After the death of Uncle Victor, an investigation is held by the police to understand what happened in Antarctica in order to put in place preventative measures so that mad men are never allowed to be free to roam the ice again. Students prepare witness statements before placing their findings on a sociogram.
2. All's Well that Ends Well in a Sequel!
An extensive writing task which looks at what happens to Sym after the novel finishes. Students write the sequel which focuses on Sym and one other character.
3. Setting - Antarctica
After some initial close reading about the continent, students create an argument map around the topic, 'Antarctica is no place for humans'.
4. Sym at the Start and at the End
An exploration of how Sym has developed and changed from the start through to the finish of the book.
5. Uncle Victor at the Start and at the End
An exploration of how Uncle Victor has developed and changed from the start through to the finish of the book.
6. The Different Aspects of Sym
Two tasks - an initial jigsaw group analysis of Sym and an individual evaluation.
7. The Unreliable Narrator
We read the book through Sym’s eyes, but it is only towards the end that Sym realises the truth. Is this a result of Sym’s naivety or does she only see what she wants to see? Either way, it creates unreliability in terms of what really happened in Antarctica. But to what extent does McCaughrean play on this unreliable element to the storyline as a whole? A Venn diagram analysis.
8. Themes - A Journey Across Antarctica
Deception and abuse are seen throughout Sym's journey - retrace her steps and make your own way across the Antarctic, stopping to examine each example that you come across.