DEC Scan Journal : Volume 36 Issue 1
2017 Volume 36, Issue 1 50 My Two Blankets Using quality literature springboard English Stage 2. Years 3-4 My Two Blankets KOBALD, Irena and BLACKWOOD, Freya Little Hare, Vic, 2014 ISBN 9781921714764 USER LEVEL: Stage 2 KLA: English SYLLABUS: English K-10 SCIS 1641848 $24.99 Related texts: • The Little Refugee by Anh Do, Suzanne Do and Bruce Whatley • A Piece of Home by Jeri Watts and Hyewon Yum Learning and teaching activities in this springboard are centred on outcomes and content from the NSW English K-10 Syllabus and the English Textual Concepts resource. What is it about? ‘My Two Blankets’ tells the story of a young girl who is trying to transition between her old and new world. Cartwheel, as her auntie used to call her, has immigrated to a new country and her blanket is a metaphor for the culture she knows and feels safe in. Cartwheel then creates a new blanket with what she learns about her new culture, as she starts to feel more comfortable in her new world. This is a beautiful story exploring the need to belong and the power of language. M . Najdovska and K. Hodkinson Why is this important? Why does it matter? This story is told through the Point of View of the main character, Cartwheel. The use of personal pronouns enables the reader to connect with and relate to the protagonist. The first person narration provides opportunities for the reader to explore and make inferences about her motives, actions and feelings in more depth. Students could interpret the meaning of the story through the eyes of different characters and could adapt the story through different points of view to demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the text. The written and visual text invite exploration of Connotation, Imagery and Symbol. Colour is used symbolically throughout the text, depicting Cartwheel’s old life in rich red tones and her new life in pale and cool watercolours. Figurative language is subtle and used elegantly to describe the new language and sounds Cartwheel hears in her new country as ‘a waterfall of strange sounds’. Both the words and images provide layers of meaning, allowing the reader to extend their understandings beyond the literal meaning of the text and providing opportunities to look at the use of metaphors and similes.
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