This APE has been developed for a Stage 4, Year 7 English class and uses Ondine Sherman’s coming of age novel; Sky, as the primary resource, drawing on a range of supporting fiction and non-fiction texts.
Sky is an accessible text for junior students which explores a diverse range of thematic concerns such as; identity, animal protection and tragedy. Through inquiry, students are prompted to ask critical questions regarding societal views on the treatment of animals.
Focussing on the concept of ‘perspective’, students critically examine the perspectives of the fictional characters within the novel as well as those which lay outside it – their own, the wider community and global perspectives.
The novel itself, and the activities designed in this unit, have a strong focus on ethical understanding and sustainability, encouraging students to consider their actions and attitudes and how these can be harnessed to create a better world.
- An 8-week unit of work with 5 Focus Areas, complete with teacher instructions and a wide array of activities;
- Engaging student worksheets and handouts;
- Opportunities for extension;
- Interview with the author;
- Student Glossary and Quizlet;
- Formative and summative assessment tasks.
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Information to teachers
This unit of work has been developed for a Stage 4, Year 7 English class and uses Ondine Sherman’s coming of age novel; Sky, as the primary resource. Students will examine a wide range of themes including; personal tragedy, identity, relationships, animal protection, and how one can make a difference in the world. The key concept of this unit is ‘perspective’ and students are asked to critically examine the perspectives of the fictional characters within the novel as well as those which lay outside it – their own, the wider community and global perspectives. The novel itself, and the activities designed in this unit, have a strong focus on ethical understanding which encourages the development of personal values and attributes such as honesty, resilience, empathy, respect for others’, as well as the capacity to act with ethical integrity.
Time and Structure
This unit of work has been written and developed as a sequence of learning activities which includes 5 focus areas and provides sufficient material for an 8-week term. The unit has been designed to be flexible so that teachers may choose to alter or omit tasks to suit the needs of their students.
The unit includes a variety of verbal, written, analytical, creative, research and reflective tasks. A range of additional resources including; videos, factsheets, infographics, blogs, websites and other literary sources work to complement the core text, Sky. Formative and summative assessment tasks have been incorporated and can be modified to suit teacher/school needs.
It is expected that each focus area could take anywhere between 50-100 minutes, or longer, this is dependent on a number of factors and teachers may determine how long they spend on each of the activities.
Mixed ability class with extension tasks.
Question how you can make a difference in the world through small acts.
Consider the different perspectives regarding farmed animals and decide for yourself where you stand.
Discuss with your friends, family, classmates and teachers. Debating complex issues is healthy and helpful.
Voiceless has Loan Kits of Sky (each containing up to 30 copies of the novel) available to Australian high school teachers free-of-charge. Please email [email protected] to apply for a Loan Kit of Sky.
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