Thor is one character who highlights the plight of the Aboriginal people in the novel. By showing us his personal connection to the people, he helps the reader understand what the impact of the massacre was on the following generations. In chapter 8, page 85 we find out that Thor is researching his past and we discover how difficult it is for him to find information because little has been written down. "I'm looking for earlier information", Thor said " on the people who were here before the settlers came" Pam looked confused " But the Aboriginal people didn't leave any records dear. They couldn't write" Later in the novel we discover that Thor was able to track down an elder, a distance relative, who was able to share more information with him about his people. Through his own research and the elder the reader learns more about the massacre from a more personal point of view, and about the long-termeffects of the massacre
Tells the reader a little background about the novel Tells the reader which characters you are going to be writing about
The inheritance by Carole Wilkinson is a novel about a young Australian girl who travels back in time and discovers the plight of the local Aboriginal people who lived in the area. We learn about the massacre from the characters Nic, the main character who time travels to visit her ancestors wo settled the land, and her new friend Thor who discovers his ancestors were part of the local group of Aboriginals
As I have shown, through these characters we are able to see the plight of the Aboriginal people from the view of two different types of people. Thor shows us the long term impact of the massacre and Nic shows us the view from the white settlers who were involved with the massacre and how some tried to stop it.
Alternate task ( for students who did not read the novel
The children's' book " The Way We Were" tells the story of a young Aboriginal girl's life growing up in a mission. Why are stories like this important to tell to modern generations. Use examples from the text to explain why.
- helps people understand what life was like for Aboriginal people during this time - shows people some of the traditional ways of life that Aboriginal people had - shows the impact of white settlement on Aboriginal people - shows people the connection to land that Aboriginal people had/have - gives a different perspective about what life in Australia was like
Character Task - Part Two
Group One - you may continue to work on your character. If you complete one - work on a second character
Group Two - work through as a group how we can identify how the character has helped the reader find out about the past.