This APE has been developed for a Stage 4, Year 7 English class and uses Ondine Sherman’s coming of age novel; Snow, as the primary resource, as well as drawing on a range of supporting fiction and non-fiction texts.
Snow is an accessible text for junior students which explores a range of thematic concerns, including; family, heroism, truth and the power of language. Through inquiry, students are prompted to ask critical questions regarding societal views on the treatment of animals.
Focussing on the concept of ‘communication’, students critically examine the importance of communication on both a private and public level, exploring personal and global perspectives across a range of topics.
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;
- 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; Snow, as the primary resource. Students will explore a wide range of themes including; animal protection, family, forgiveness, rebellion, heroism, truth and the power of language. Students will follow the protagonist, Sky, to Alaska, where she must navigate the difficulties of family, adolescence and the wilderness. The key concept of this unit is ‘communication’ and students are asked to critically examine the importance of communication on both a private and public level. Students will also consider personal and global perspectives on a range of topics. 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, blogs, websites and other literary sources work to complement the core text, Snow. Formative and summative assessment tasks have been incorporated and can be modified to suit student/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 the power of language and communication.
Consider the different perspectives regarding the hunting of 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 Snow (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 Snow.
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