[Episode 21 | 1808 : Sarah]

After their outdoor adventure, Sarah and Alice have a moment of companionship but it is quickly ruined when Alice exerts her power over Sarah's position.


The Australian curriculum: English

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The Australian Curriculum: English aims to ensure that students:

  • learn to listen to, read, view, speak, write, create and reflect on increasingly complex and sophisticated spoken, written and multimodal texts across a growing range of contexts with accuracy, fluency and purpose
  • appreciate, enjoy and use the English language in all its variations and develop a sense of its richness and power to evoke feelings, convey information, form ideas, facilitate interaction with others, entertain, persuade and argue
  • understand how Standard Australian English works in its spoken and written forms and in combination with non-linguistic forms of communication to create meaning
  • develop interest and skills in inquiring into the aesthetic aspects of texts, and develop an informed appreciation of literature.

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Activity 1: Metaphors
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Subtheme(s): Character; Language and scripting; Social order and education
  • Introduce students to the language of metaphors and similes. Find examples of metaphors from literature, music, drama and poetry. Some useful websites are:
  1., 'Metaphor Examples for Kids',
  2. Said What?, 'Metaphors',
  3. Said What?, 'Similes'
  • Ask students to write three similes and three metaphors.
  • Introduce students to the idea that Alice feels like she is imprisoned by her medical condition. As a class count the number of times Alice is filmed looking out through windows or a doorways, but is unable to leave. Do this for the whole episode. Ask students how they think this would make them feel if they were in Alice's position.
  • In the clip A female gaol Alice claims to know of a 'children's gaol in Sydney town'. She threatens to send Sarah there if she doesn't take her outside. View the scene by the creek in which Alice says that the prison is 'dark and cold and you have to stay inside all day'. Ask students how she would know this and to consider if she may in fact be talking about her own life. Ask the students how this would make them feel about Alice.
  • Have students develop character profiles for Sarah and Alice. Make sure each profile lists the character's physical characteristics, likes and dislikes. Describe their life so far and include any information from the My Place storybook about the character.

  • Ask students to consider the lives of the two characters, Sarah and Alice. Ask them to write a poem about each. Students could consider writing their poem as either a ballad, haiku, blank or simple verse. They should use at least one metaphor to describe how they feel about each of the characters. Share the poems with the rest of the class.
  • Research Australian poets from this era and read some of their poems. AB Paterson and Henry Lawson are good for examples. Students could model their own poem on one of the poems from their research.


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