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  • Teaching Classic Australian Children's Fiction

    by Anthony Shaw 


    Bushfires. Missing children. Vast spaces. Supernatural mysteries. Wild creatures.

    Australian children's literature has always carried within itself a sense of how small a child is against the impenetrable wilderness, how the country is rich with hidden spaces, how the landscape can turn savage seemingly in an instant.

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    Anthony Shaw has over thirty years teaching experience, twenty three of those years as a teaching principal in small rural schools. Passionate in his support for rural education and state schools and a keen advocate for using classic fiction in the primary classroom, he has built these resources (and more) as a way of introducing learning activities that encourage creativity and curiosity. 

    Now, in keeping with his support for the heritage and diversity of classic Australian children's fiction, he has kindly offered a selection of his lesson plans to AustLit, so that we can offer them to you.

    These lesson plans offer a range of exercises: puzzles, comprehension tests, story mapping, artworks, creative-writing tasks, and more. These lesson plans form part of Anthony's Learning with Literature program (see blog).

    Each is available in a convenient PDF that you can download and take straight into the classroom.

    Click on the tile of your choice below for more information about the novel and to download the PDF lesson plans.

    • Eugene von Guerard (1857)
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      Ash Road

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      The Vanishings and Out of the Blue

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      Beyond the Dusk

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      Climb a Lonely Hill

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      Gary Crew Unit

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      Patterson's Track

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      The Silver Brumby

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      The Boundary Riders

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      Picnic at Hanging Rock

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      The Bush Bandits

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      They Found a Cave

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      A Little Fear

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      The True Story of Spit MacPhee

    • Feline Follies - Internet Archive
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      Felix the Cat

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      Klontarf

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      The Sea Caves

    • Image by Ed Dunens (via Wikimedia Commons)
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      The Magic Pudding & Snugglepot and Cuddlepie

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      Blueback

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      Ichabod Hart & the Lighthouse Mystery

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      Playing Beatie Bow

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      Storm Boy

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