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Voices of Australia - Activity sheet 7

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Reflecting on literature

Consider the following questions in regards to your favourite novel/film/poem/song
or English text book (see the resource list for ideas).

  • What themes around diversity appear in this work?
  • Are there any rights in conflict? (i.e. the right to live free of
    discrimination)
  • Is discrimination occurring in any way? Who is responsible for discrimination? Is
    it direct or indirect discrimination?
  • Is the author/artist being discriminatory in any way? Is there any event or
    background information that you know of, that may have shaped the author's
    opinion?
  • What does this work say about the relationship between rights and
    responsibilities that we have in our society?
  • Is there any conflict between the needs of the individual and the needs of
    society?
  • Are there any examples of compassion and/or respect for others in our
    society?
  • Does this work give you a greater understanding/empathy for other groups in
    society?
  • Does the work raise any similar issues in your
    class/school/community/society?

Name of text:

Author:

Date of publication:

Response: