Poetry Challenge

Learning Intention:

This week we are going to discuss, answer questions and sing the ballad, Waltzing Matilda  by Banjo Paterson


Success Criteria:

By the end of this week you be able to:

# Answer questions about the meaning of the poem

# take part in a competition (boys v girls) – Sound quality and articulation

Appreciating Poetry

1)What is a swagman?

2) Why is a billabong a good place to camp at?

3) How did the swagmen boil their billy?

4) What does ‘grabbed him with glee’ mean?

5) What kinds of food do you think the swagman  might have in his tucker bag?

6) How did the squatter arrive at the scene.

7) How do we know that the troopers arrived from a different direction than the squatter did?

8) What action of the swagman shows us that he was afraid of going to jail?

9) What do you think was the cause of the swagman’s death?

ANZAC Spirit

3D Gallipoli Story – please view this prior to returning to class

Please make a comment or ask a question once you have watched this story.

Below is a song about the experiences of an itinerant Australian who volunteered as a soldier in the First World War, took part in the Suvla Bay landing and lost both legs in the Gallipoli campaign. It was composed and performed by Australian singer Eric Bogle, and was probably recorded in 1980.  

And the band played Waltzing Matilda   Lest We Forget

  • Discuss the use of a symbol of Australian patriotism, the song Waltzing Matilda, as a counterpoint to lyrics about sailing to Gallipoli, burying the dead at Gallipoli, being wounded, landing back in Sydney and questioning the commemoration of war in Anzac Day marches.
  • Discuss how the song identifies the level of Turkish preparedness on the Gallipoli Peninsula.
  • Your task:
  • Bring our school ANZAC ceremony to life.
  • Please apply for a job by submitting a comment on the blog – why you are best suited to this position.
  • Photography: (skills in capturing the moment)
  • Video: (steady hand, pan, wide shot, edit)
  • News cast + Roving Reporters: (public speaking skills required)
  • Script writers: (detailed knowledge of history, very high ability in writing)
  • Props (ability in visual arts)

Further criteria will follow after negotiation with 6/7J students