1,000 good deeds

[Episode 12 | 1898 : Rowley]

Rowley is working to complete his 1,000 good deeds so that his father will return to the family. He collects horse manure for the market gardeners and firewood for the laundress. He and his friend, Tom Müller, climb the tree to spy on the private school students who are practising to become soldiers.



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: Educating boys
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Subtheme(s): Culture; Social order and education
  • Rowley and Tom Müller are watching the college students practise marching with wooden rifles. They discuss the amount of money it costs to send boys to a college school and what they get for their money, for example, cricket equipment.
  • As a class discuss the difference in education systems in 1898 and today. What opportunities for education existed then? Were there advantages in attending a private school? Who attended these schools? View the clip and discuss the type of education available to Rowley and Tom. Also research how girls of that era were educated and what subjects they were taught.

  • Ask students to research statistics on children's education in 1898 and compare this data to today's statistics. They should examine the number of children educated, and their age, gender and school level reached, among other facts. Findings can be presented as a number of graphs comparing data. Students could interpret these graphs in a report on 'The state of schooling today compared with 1898'.


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