Letters, list of rules, character descriptions, longer story built around a man’s journey to another country, diaries, short playscripts, short report, guides
Overview and Outcomes:
This is a three-week sequence using The Arrival by Shaun Tan. It explores the issue of immigration and the reasons why people have to flee countries and seek asylum. This is best used in conjunction with Black History Month as they explore characters, emotions, different points of view and the challenges faced by the main character and some of the other characters who have made their way to the new land. Children will write diary of the little girl. There will also be opportunities to write short scripts for scenes and narrative passages to describe what is happening at certain points in the book. It includes exemplified grammar activities throughout, as well as including Drama techniques, such as Thought Tapping.
Synopsis of Text:
What drives so many to leave everything behind and journey alone to a mysterious country, a place without family or friends, where everything is nameless and the future is unknown. This silent graphic novel is the story of every migrant, every refugee, every displaced person, and a tribute to all those who have made the journey.
THE ARRIVAL has become one of the most critically acclaimed books of recent years, a wordless masterpiece that describes a world beyond any familiar time or place.
Sited as No 35 in The Times 100 Best Books of all time. It has sold over 500,000 copies worldwide.
"An imaginative triumph. Every home should have one." - The Times
"It will fascinate and occupy adults and children alike." - The Observer
Shaun Tan is an internationally and critically acclaimed prize winning author/ illustrator.