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The Rabbits: A New Perspective on Colonialism

A presentation about The Rabbits, by John Marsden.
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Laela Rae

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Transcript of The Rabbits: A New Perspective on Colonialism

A New Perspective on Colonialism The Rabbits
by John Marsden The Rabbits
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John Marsden Extensions and Connections Text Connections About The Author and Illustrator The Rabbits, written by Australia's John Marsden and illustrated by Shaun Tan is partly allegorical fable about colonization, told from the viewpoint of the colonized. Connections to Storyline Imaginative Storyline Work
Half of the class writes from the perspective of the Native Americans. Half of the class writes from the prospective of the European invaders.
Try to find a compromise Relevant Standards:
Historical Knowledge Historical Knowledge
5.1 Identify and compare historical Native American groups and settlements that existed in North America prior to contact with European exploration in the late fifteenth and sixteenth centuries.

5.3 Explain the religious, political, and economic reasons for movement of people from Europe to the Americas and describe instances of both cooperation and conflict between Native American Indians and European settlers

Social Science Analysis
5.21 Identify and study two or more points of view of an event, issue or problem. New Perspectives on Colonization "The Colonized:" The Rabbits is told through the perspective of the colonized, capturing the pain and emotions of those whose lives were altered through colonization. The author communicates “the coming of the ‘rabbits’ in the most minimal details, an encounter that is at first friendly and curious, but later darkens as it becomes apparent that the visitors are actually invaders.” Metaphor
What is a metaphor?
Why do you think the author used the rabbits to represent the Europeans?
Small groups and large group discussions
Songs, poems, books
Dilemma
Discussion of whether or not it was "okay" to colonize the Americas.
Which perspective is "more" important
Through Colonization, how did we evolve? How did we devolve?
No one is allowed to answer any of the questions Shaun Tan is best known for illustrated books that deal with social, political and historical subjects through surreal, dream-like imagery.
http://www.shauntan.com
John Marsden is an educator and writer of many popular books for teens and a few pictured books.
http://www.johnmarsden.com.au "Home to Medicine Mountain" by Chiori Santiago is about two young brothers and their experiences in a government boarding school.

"Shi-shi-etko" by Nicola I. Campbell is about a young girl’s last four days with her family before her government forces her to enroll in residential school.
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