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Children's games

[Episode 13 | 1888 : Victoria]

Victoria and her siblings are playing 'blind man's bluff' at the tree. She finds a marble which is claimed by her neighbour, Alexandra Owen, who lives in the big house. Victoria's family is building a new house but that is no match for Alexandra's family who have lived in this place for a long time.


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.

English activities [1]

Activity 1: Class structures
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Subtheme(s): Relationships; Social order and education
  • In the clip, Wesley accuses Victoria of being intimidated by Alexandra Owen. The appearance of Alexandra causes the group to stop and address her and eventually give in to her request for the marble. Alexandra speaks to the group from a position of dominance and power.
  • Read the part of the My Place script that documents the meeting of Victoria and her siblings with Alexandra Owen and her sister, Emma. Ask students to take note of how Alexandra speaks. Ask them to identify what she says to indicate that she has a higher social status than Victoria. She is what would be commonly termed 'gentry'. Ask students to research why class distinctions were so accepted in this era in Australian history. What were the characteristics of being classified as gentry in Australian society? Ask them to think about Australian society today and ask if they feel there is still this class distinction.

  • Individually, or in pairs, ask students to imagine that they are a real estate agent commissioned to sell Alexandra Owen's house. They are to design an advertisement for the local newspaper that would entice people to buy the property. The layout should include text and images. They can then design a second advertisement for the sale of Victoria's house. Ask students to consider how different the two advertisements would be.


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