1—Introduce the unit with an overview of student work and the stories they will explore
Throughout the unit students will be required to work with retrieval devices. Explain and discuss the use of these.
- A map of the world. Students may maintain a map individually as well as the class map on display.
- Retrieval charts.
- Vocabulary or glossary list.
Tell the students that the stories they will explore, although very different in style, are all connected through the theme of neighbours — our rural and urban neighbours and our international neighbours in Papua New Guinea.
Fictional texts — Miracle on Separation Street by Bob Graham and Bungawitta written by Emily Rodda and illustrated by Craig Smith — are used to introduce the concept of neighbourliness. Miracle on Separation Street is an urban story that shows that neighbours can care for and support one another when things don’t work out ‘right’ and can have friendships despite age differences. Bungawitta explores a rural neighbourhood in a time of drought and how neighbours work together to try and revitalise their town.
At an international level, Australia is also an important neighbour to many small Pacific island nations such as Papua New Guinea. Good neighbours seek to know their neighbours and understand their cultures, languages and customs. The traditional tale from Papua New Guinea, The First Lakatoi by Andrew V Solien, tells the traditional tale of the building of the first lakatoi, a multi-hulled canoe. This unit also uses factual texts from Get Connected, Issue 3: Our Pacific Neighbours, to introduce our close international neighbours in the Pacific, including ‘A day in the life …’ story by Damian, an 11-year-old boy from Papua New Guinea.