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Juno of Taris

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Aimee MacDougall

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Transcript of Juno of Taris

By Fleur Beale
Juno of Taris
A stratum is the rank in which people were classed into. for e.g. social or ecnomic status.
An apprentice is a person who is learning their particular profession of interest under a skilled employer.
An inessential is an item that is not that important or necessary.
Means a set of rules that is supposed to prodice a person to behave in a certain approved manner.
1. Draw a plan or diagram for your own domed city. Include provisions for atmosphere, farm land, water supply and housing.
2. Design a poster for a movie version of Juno of Taris. Make it different to the book cover.
3. Draw a transponder (p.76).
This book reminds me of the movie 'The Truman Show'.The novel and the movie is simlar in that both of them are stuck in this dome and they both have no connection with the outside world. However the difference is that Juno knows that there is a world beyond their little island and that's why she wants answers. Whereas Truman doesn't know anything about his whole life being a show and how he is enclosed in this movie set (dome).
The Truman Show
Why is survival so important on the Island of Taris?
Why is it wrong to try new things?
Does Juno find out about the 'Outside World?'
Why is it wrong for Juno to be so curious?
Do her parents ever become interested in the 'Outside World?'
Why are the rules so strict on Taris?
The Themes/Central Message
The themes that emerge from this passage is the idea of survival and how you have to believe what you're told.Because this Island has no contact with the 'Outside World', they have to work on survival, because if they don't have enough resources and hence future generations will suffer and the island will eventually become extinct.Also this idea of choosing apprentices is necessary so important skills i.e( computer, physician and electrician) aren't lost.

In addition this theme about having to believe in what you're told runs throughout not only this passage but the whole book. Juno has so many questions, but she is forced to live with whatever her parents say. She is not allowed to explore and find out anything for herself. If she rebels against her parents, she is asked to chant the 'motto' which is suposed to remind her of the importance of survival and how finding out and exploring new things are inessentials.
The End.
Pre-reading Activity
If our society as we know it was to fall apart, what aspects of it would you want to preserve? Traditions, culture, style, food etc
Food for thought
Who would you choose to go with you?
Looking at the cover and blurb of Juno of Taris, what is this book going to be about? Who will the main character be? What is her personality?
Starter Questions
• Read the list of names on pages 8 and 9. What do they tell you about the kind of novel this is?
• Read pages 11 and 12. What do the first pages tell you about Juno and the society she lives in? Where is the story set?
• Why would people want to look the same? Do you like to be the same as others?
• Ignorance is dangerous (conformity and compliance can be dangerous)
• Power corrupts •Individuality is important
• Standing up for what you believe in
• “Comply or die” – authoritarian society has power over non-compliant people
What real life examples have you seen of this? What kinds of societies are being controlled? How similar are they to Taris? Are there people who have taken a stand like Juno?
Head up three pages:
1. “Power Corrupts”
2. Standing up for what you believe in
3. Ignorance is dangerous
Power and control
Standing up for what you believe in
• Juno refused to have her head shaven. This was influenced by Vima who first took a stand against this.
• Fisa - similarities to Juno - took a stand against Tarian greed and cut her hair off. Think about the significance of these similarities.
• Vima stood up and TOLD the others she would no longer conform or comply.
• People withdrew from her, so the idea of standing up for beliefs became even more important because it was so hard!
• Juno's learning stratum followed suit and all faced their own challenges.
• Juno's father withdrew from her but she still stood by her beliefs.
• Juno's grandparents stood up to GCs by telling Tarians the truth about hair. They risked death to do this!
• GC's stood up for their own (corrupt??) beliefs – even to the point of believing Juno must die!
• Vima took risks. She took cellphones, she fell in love with Jov, she went up to the tower because of her own beliefs.
Ignorance is dangerous
• Very few can read SO they are not able to inform themselves on Tarian history
• “Control the communication and you control the people” (Vima??)
• Juno, Vima and all the older generation can read. Juno and Vima use this knowledge to try and change the system.
• Most of Taris blindly accepts the way things are - they don't question and they don't think for themselves. This is DANGEROUS because they also don't know if they're being corrupted. (Think: Hitler and his NAZI regime). (THINK: Global warming)
•Those who were brave enough to take a stand had informed themselves before hand.
Big idea
The control of the government over the rights of the individual.

- give examples of this in the book
- How does Juno's character relate to this idea?
- Does this happen in the world we live in?
Consider the messages in the book. Why was it written? What did Fleur Beale want us to think about?
What do you consider to be the main themes of the book?
Power and COntrol
• Majool and Hilto both want to kill Juno - she threatens the Tarian way of life and their power has become more important that her life!
• Her ladder is tampered with
• Hilto presents Biddo with death flowers meant for Juno
• Majool blackmails Irian (using his power over others)
• Fisa? She's not corrupt. She took a stand originally with her utopian vision of Taris.
• Camnoon remained pure of vision.
• Lenna, Hilto and Majool were corrupt. L and M chose death, Hilto refused to confess.
• CONTROL – Tarians not allowed to read
• CONTROL – Not allowed to meet after dark
• CONTROL – not allowed to know the history of Taris or ask questions
• Authoritarian Society: Existence of governmental authority over numerous phases of human conduct while approval by the people for governmental action does not exist.
- Now list all the examples / details from the book where you see these three themes becoming relevant
What is the most important event/s in the novel?
What is the climax of the novel?
Are there any mini-climaxes?
Refer back to your notes for definitions
Design it!
Reading Log
Write a review of the book. Consider the following questions:
o What situations had a ring of truth for you?
o Which characters appealed to you the most? The least?
o How did the story make you feel as it unfolded?
o What ideas in the book awakened your interest?
o What did you dislike, or find boring?
o Did the ending surprise you?
Literary Terms
Exposition - in most novels, this happens at the very beginning. We get to know some of the characters and settings.
Development - where things happen, making the novel more interesting or tense.
Mini climax - there may be several of these, and they are often leading up to the main climax. They are smaller events that add interest to the novel.
Climax - where the major event of the novel happens, and characters must deal with the situation.
Resolution - the period of calm after the climax. In most texts this involves tying up most loose ends and life attempting to return to normal.

Describe how each of these terms applies to Juno of Taris
Think about Juno of Taris and Exit. Do you see any similarities? Discuss with your neighbour.
Connecting point
Now draw a Venn diagram. On one side head up 'Juno of Taris'. On the other side head up 'Exit'. Over the middle section head up 'Similarities'.

Starting with the middle section, write down any ideas, messages or themes that a seen in both.
Any completely separate idea, put in its correct side.
With a partner, look into a government that has shown complete conrol over society.
Find out as much information as possible by answering:
Who, what, when, where, why, how.
Think of an interesting way to present this to the class:
- Poster, song, image, role play etc
Plot Graph
Add as many events as you can think of on this plot graph. Make sure to include the basics e.g. exposition and climax!
Complete the character questions in your book. Do not write on the sheet!
PERSONALITY - strong willed, curious, true to her values, loyal, mature for her age, impulsive, gains almost psychic powers
INTERACTION WITH OTHERS - loves her family fiercely, including Hera whom she seems to have a special connection with. But, she risks these relationships by standing up for what she believes in.
Builds a strong relationship with Vima. Vima almost becomes her mentor in some ways.
WHAT OTHERS SAY ABOUT HER - Marba sees her as a bit of a science experiment. Silvern doesn't like her in the beginning of the novel. Vima sees her as a friend. Hilto hates her and wishes her dead because she challenges his authority.
KEY QUOTES - "But when I ask how growing our hair would endanger our survival, people turn away from me" (p.11)
"If only I could turn back the clock - thought before action" (p.85)
"There all these dances inside me and if I do them, people withdraw" (p. 130)
Creative Application
Draw a logo that represents Juno's personality. Think about symbols that represent her.
Write a persuasive speech that Juno might have given to persuade the people of Taris to join her cause of letting their hair grow.
Setting refers to both physical and cultural surroundings
Physical Setting
INSIDE THE DOME - Mild climate, tropical plants, water/seas and rivers, mountain in the centre, place for food to be grown
Houses, school, meeting place
OUTSIDE THE DOME - wild ocean, cold, rugged
Cultural Setting
ON TARIS - Set in 2227, regimented and controlling lifestyle, stong sense of tradition, defined by 'survival', doesn't celebrate individuality or uniquness, everything is controlled by the Governance Companions, genetically modified birth acceptable
OUTSIDE - A desparate falling apart world, technologically advanced,
Survival at all costs
What are people willing to do to ensure survival?
What message does
. What message/s does Juno show us?
2. What is the author's purpose for creating Juno?

Describe an important character in the novel. Explain why they are important.
Write two paragraphs using the SEXY layout to answer this question. Your paragraphs must have 4+ sentences in it, as well as examples from the book. Use your notes to help you!
You must refer to the author's purpose.
answer in bullet points!
Time to action!
Write 3-4 sentences for each question. Use the SEXY structure and include examples and quotes!
1. Describe an important event in the novel. Provide evidence from the text to support your answer.
2. Explain why this event is important. Refer to the author's purpose and provide evidence.
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