The NSW English Teachers Association is supporting the implementation of the Board of Studies’ HSC 2015-2020 Prescriptions by delivery a series of professional development opportunities, beginning with the Discovery Day at Sydney University on Friday, February 21.
As a nonfiction text, Che Guevara’s diaries provide many opportunities for students to explore different aspects of discovery. These slides and activities are taken from a joint presentation by Mel Dixon and Kerri-jane Burke. they have been incorporated into a soon-to-be published teaching resource available through the ETA at http://www.englishteacher.com.au/Resources.aspx
Download the handouts: Motocycle Diaries
Consider using different chapters for students to identify, highlight, contrast or track the shift in different kinds of discovery made by Guevara. This would suit groupwork in order to maximise notetaking, if using an ALARM matrix, and for less able students. One such example discussed at the presentation was that of spiritual discovery – time constraints meant that we were not able to workshop the extracts. Download the annotated extracts: the seven lakes road stowaways
Many of the ideas in our presentation built on suggested teaching strategies from the ETA Discovery package available to purchase as a digital resource from the ETA at