Novel Study: Black Cockatoo (Magabala 2018)

January 12, 2019

Hakea has been an English teacher for 10 years while Carl grew up as an Aboriginal person in a remote community and has worked in Education for over 10 years. Sooooooo when it came to creating the education resources to accompany Black Cockatoo (Magabala 2018) we were a little excited.

We knew that teachers in remote communities often have very large gaps in ability between students- regularly illiterate to grade standard in a single class mixed in with behaviour needs, trauma, FASD and the rest. Differentiated worksheets were a must.

We knew that remote teachers have to be teacher, parent, psychologist (did I mention trauma, high rates of suicide, family issues), health specialist (because we all know about ear health don’t we? The visiting specialist told us about it in a 20min PD when they last visited 4 months ago… remember), not to mention everything else. Save time on planning- Curriculum aligned was a must.

Short novel meant that teachers could read it aloud more than once during the study to focus in on important concepts… or just to catch up the students that have low attendance. Short and sweet.

A book that celebrates language and culture, that shows the power of Elders and culture, a book that is written by an Aboriginal person for Aboriginal teens… There is so much to love and appreciate about life in community, in classrooms and about remote Aboriginal people. This book acknowledges that.

You should totally study it. Just saying. http://hakeahustler.com.au/extras/teachers-and-librarians/


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