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I put this activity together for Standard English students studying the Global Village elective for Module C, but it could also be useful for the Extension elective: Navigating the Global. Ideally, students would do this activity in small groups, moving between quotes and sharing ideas, but it can be done as a revision activity by yourself.

Complete the following activities for each quote.

a) Rewrite the quote in your own words.

b) List two or three themes/ideas from your texts that relate to the quote.

c) Using the quote as a thesis statement, write a five sentence introduction for an essay.

  1. Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world. – Margaret Mead, Anthropologist
  2. The earth is but one country and mankind its citizens. – Baha’ullah, prophet and founder of the Baha’i Faith.
  3. The new electronic independence re-creates the world in the image of a global village. – Marshall McLuhan.
  4. The Internet is becoming the town square for the global village of tomorrow. – Bill Gates.
  5. It was the season of Light; it was the season of Darkness, It was the spring of hope; it was the winter of despair. – Charles Dickens.

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A colleague of mine recently mentioned that, in the race to meet a billion outcomes, we had perhaps lost some of our love of and fun with language. One of my teaching resolutions for 2009 is to spend more time on activities that inspire a love of our crazy language. Here’s an interesting start:

This is what happens when you put the complete works of Shakespeare into Wordle. It generates a cloud of the most common words, size indicating frequency. I think this would be a great tool for creating vocabulary lists that are a bit more interesting and a bit less listy.

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Belonging is the new HSC Area of Study but it’s more than that, it’s a fundamental human need. I tend to conceptualize belonging in the negative, to think of the outsider, of the person who doesn’t belong. I always identified with those characters in books, with Erika Yurken in Hating Alison Ashley, with Elspeth in The Obernewtyn Chronicles and with poor ignored Anne Eliot in Jane Austen’s Persuasion. Each character was competent in her own way but out of place within their family, school, society. What made them not fit? What made these characters square pegs in round holes? For Erika it is simply a matter of perception, she thinks herself better than (or different from) what she is and, when she finds herself, she finds that she fits exactly in her own place. Anne and Elspeth are both out of place because they are extraordinary. I was always attracted to this idea of not belonging because of being special.

I love this quote about Belonging:

Belonging is a circle that embraces everything; if we reject it, we damage our nature.
The word ‘belonging’ holds together the two fundamental aspects of life:
Being and Longing, the longing of our Being and the being of our Longing.
– John O’Donohue

It is what we are and what we want to be all wrapped up into one. In this module I’m looking forward to exploring the idea of belonging to a Place as well as to groups, communities and families.

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Storytelling is a socially acceptable form of lying in which the author (liar) and the reader collude in order to create a safe place for the story (or lie) to flourish. The reader, although aware of the tale’s fiction, willingly participates in its propagation, often retelling it to other willing marks. According to Virginia Woolf’s Orlando, this retelling is inevitable:

For once the disease of reading has laid upon the system, it weakens it so that it falls an easy prey to that other scourge which dwells in the inkpot and festers in the quill. The wretch takes to writing.

Although, in truth, stories are lies, they are also – through the fact of the conspiracy which exists between authors and readers – important cultural artefacts that reveal a deeper truth about the nature of culture and how it is constructed.

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