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Week 1 Lesson 2: Synopsis of 'The Sapphires'

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Liam Brooks

on 19 April 2017

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Transcript of Week 1 Lesson 2: Synopsis of 'The Sapphires'

Week 1 Lesson 2: Synopsis of
The Sapphires

To develop a deeper understanding of ideas, issues, characters and themes in the text 'The Sapphires'.

Students will understand the key ideas, issues, characters and themes from the text.
The trailer
Personal and Family History

Writer Tony Briggs used his mother’s personal history of entertaining troops in Vietnam as the launching place for
The Sapphires

"I really started writing the story of the Sapphires when I was having conversations with mum, probably in I'd say 2000. I noticed that she would be mentioning Vietnam a lot. And I knew about it, of course, but I'd never really asked her about it. It occurred to me that there was a lot of history that I've been missing out on simply because I haven't been asking."
Interview with writer Tony Brigg's and his mother
Tony Briggs was 33 before he really started to think about the extraordinary experience his mother, a shy Aboriginal teenager, had had in Vietnam. Sometimes people don’t want to talk about the past, and it is important to respect that. However, often people are pleased to have the opportunity to share their stories.

Activity: Personal timelines
1. Working individually.

2. Create a personal timeline of the
nine most significant events in your life till 2017.

3. Include the year of each event and a line or two about why it is significant.

4. We have 15 minutes.

5. We'll swap with someone afterward.
Activity: Reading and worksheet on the Cummeragunja people
1. Working individually.

2. Read the text and answer the questions in a thorough manner.

3. We have 25 minutes.

4. Class discussion to follow.
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