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Shooting Stars Brian Falkner Teaching unit

Shooting Stars - Brian Falkner - Teaching Unit


Shooting Stars by kiwi author, Brian Falkner, is a brilliant novel to study with your Year 10 or 11 students. An epic main character, every page packed with a 'main idea', an epic code to live by, adventure ... this text has it all (...errrr, except a happy ending). Despite the ending, this novel is uplifting without being soppy, an easy read (epistolary), accessible for strugglers and conducive to deep critical thinking by the keen beans. (I reckon it's comparable to Morton Rhue's The Wave - simple but deep!)


This resource includes:

⭐ A simple teacher unit outline

⭐ Activity sheets for students that they do NOT write on because I wanted to get back to students writing in their exercise books!

⭐ A link to a Google folder that holds two docs for students to work on collaboratively for the plot and relating to their rankings of Moma's code.


Activity Sheets on:

❤️ Characters - 3 key characters (Egan, Moma and JT)

❤️ Settings - including an epic collaborative activity looking at settings with a Mātauranga Māori perspective and where Egan was most likely to achieve Mana Motuhake (see Maslow Mātauranga Mashup here).

❤️ Plot and narrative structure

❤️ Symbolism

❤️ Moma's code - including an activity for parents to do!

❤️ Main ideasFormats: Microsoft PowerPoint, resized to an A4 page. This means your resource: Is completely editable.Will easily upload to your Google Drive if you prefer the Googley suite.Is printable 📃



Other units on texts by NZ authors include:

Legacy by Whiti Hereaka

Flight of the Fantail by Steph Matuku

"Everyone Was There e Hoa" by Tayi Tibble



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  • Sharing/Copying this Resource

    One per faculty is fine, but this is NOT to be shared with other schools.  Thanks :)

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