Whitefriars College and St Anne’s Primary School, Park Orchards, recently joined forces to extend St Anne’s keenest Year 5 and 6 readers and writers by completing a short unit on ‘Wolves, metaphor and mystery’. Using contemporary Australian author, Tristan Bancks’, new novel, Two Wolves, as their muse, the group explored the significance of the novel’s title and epigraph, as well as its connection to two iconic novels from years gone by: The Call of the Wild and My Side of the Mountain. We also had a lot of fun examining the conventions of mystery fiction and the role You Tube book trailers now play in attracting an audience and foreshadowing the concerns of the novel. Discussion of the novel’s complex themes, protagonist and antagonists was also a real highlight.
Disappointed you missed out? Two Wolves has been shortlisted for the 2015 Children’s Book Council of Australia [CBCA] Book of the Year Award. If you’d like to watch its book trailer, click here. If you’d like to check out the presentation software we used to compile our findings on famous wolves in literature, try checking out this fun application: Story Scrapbook – a ‘transmedia story brainstorming tool’. Sounds amazing doesn’t it?
If you’d like to extend your readers at home, try checking out the CBCA website!
Mrs Jill Fitzsimons – Learning Leader (English)