The multi-award winning book ‘The Narrow Road to the Deep North’ by Richard Flanagan should be on the compulsory reading list of all senior secondary school students, says Copyright Agency board director, Kim Williams.
Ahead of both ANZAC Day and World Book and Copyright Day (April 23) next week, the not-for-profit Copyright Agency has just announced it has produced teaching tools for secondary teachers wanting to bring the novel to life in the classroom. The resources are available on the readingaustralia.com.au website.
“Man Booker prize winner Richard Flanagan would have to be compulsory reading for every Australian. Now, with these comprehensive teacher resources, we hope it will be read by every senior secondary student in Australia,” Mr Williams says.
“Reading Australia is a website dedicated to bringing Australian literature back into schools and universities. The site provides readers with a journey through Australia’s literary heritage from colonial times through to the present day – and is especially tailored to encourage the teaching of Australian stories from junior primary right through all levels of education.”
All of the 70-plus resources on the site are written by teachers for teachers with support from the Copyright Agency’s partner organisations: Australian Association for the Teaching of English, Primary English Teaching Association Australia, Australian Literacy Educators Association, the Association for the Study of Australian Literature and more.
Teaching resources for The Narrow Road to the Deep North were written by Hobart College English literature and writing teacher, Ellen Rees.
Other titles on the site with themes relating to WW1 include the play, The One Day of the Year by Alan Seymour; A Fortunate Life by A.B. Facy; Café Scheherazade by Arnold Zable; The Silver Donkey by Sonia Hartnett; John Curtin: A Life by David Day.