The Lord of the Rings

All that is gold does not glitter, Not all those who wander are lost; The old that is strong does not wither, Deep roots are not reached by the frost. From the ashes a fire shall be woken, A light from the shadows shall spring; Renewed shall be blade that was broken, The crownless again […]

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Toku pepeha – my self introduction

Graduating Teacher Standard 4e: use te reo Māori me ngā tikanga-a-iwi appropriately in their practice. A pepeha is a way of introducing oneself in Maori. In Maori culture it is important to identify yourself to things, especially nature, such as rivers, oceans, and mountains. The pepeha begins by identifying myself in relation to large things […]

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The 10pm Question

Author: Kate De Goldi Published: Longacre Press, 2008 Year level: 9-10 Kate De Goldi’s novel The 10pm Question follows a twelve year old boy who feels as if he is carrying the burdens of his family upon his own shoulders. Frankie Parsons is constantly anxious as every possible worrying question flows through his mind Who […]

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Progress

EDPRAC 608 asks that I reflect upon my first practicum and use this reflection to create goals for my second practicum. Goals can seem tedious and a waste of time, but if they are thought out and specific they are effective. Now I feel as if I have more purpose than merely “get through practicum”, […]

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Who is to blame?

Graduating Teacher Standard 6a: recognise how differing values and beliefs may impact on learners and their learning. Adolescents have a lot going on. School, family, friends, sports, music, and other extra curricular activities. And it is no secret that all adolescents come from different backgrounds. As a teacher it is near impossible for me to […]

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Wildwood

Wildwood

Author: Colin Meloy
Published by: Penguin 2001
Year Level: Year 9

Wildwood is a lighthearted novel that is easy to read with an easy to follow plot, however, it deals with themes such as loyality and trust. It is themes like these that are becoming scare in today’s society. Maybe a revival of these themes and an encouragement of teens to embody them is needed. This novel is good for encouraging these morals as it is entertaining, yet suggests that each adolescent need to choose between good and bad every day of their lives.
Wildwood is an adventure story, it is gripping and exciting, making it suitable for readers that are not very confident.
It follows the protagonist Prue as she attempts to save her little brother, but to do this she needs to venture into WIldwood – a place where some go in, but no one comes out. Prue is a normal adolescent, just as her friend Curtis is – because of this, students may relate to the chivalrous adventure narrative better because of the main characters.
I would use WIldwood as a teaching resource or suggest it as wider reading to students because it encourages good traits in adolescents, the novel makes one feel like they want to be loyal, they want to take risks and they want to choose the right thing.

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