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(2009 - 2012 Prescribed Text List) Belonging - An Area of Study


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Product Code: 9781921085765

by Barbara Stanners

Belonging - an area of study provides a wide-ranging textual study of facets of the concept of belonging, with emphasis on:

defining and identifying conceptual meaning

examining the process of representing and communicating meaning within texts

evaluating textual form, structure and language

interpretation of  conceptual links between texts

The text provides detailed analysis, questions and exercises for a broad range of 'belonging' texts. deconstruction of core themes, techniques and stylistic methods. It provides teachers and students with relevant information that will help them comprehend the different ways in which composers have explored the many complex ideas associated with belonging or not belonging, inclusivity and non-exclusivity, social acceptance or alienation:

  • suggestions and strategies for dealing with the prescribed texts, including detailed analysis,
  • links to the area of study and quotable quotes
  • photocopiable student pages with questions focussing on what is being said and how it is being said
  • essay questions and response tasks
  • clear references to the prescribed texts to make it easy to locate relevant extracts
  • examples
  • guidelines for assessment and sample student essays


Belonging Basics

The Language of Belonging
Defining Belonging
Belonging as a Fundamental Need
The Benefits of Belonging
The Negatives of Not Belonging
Alienation - A Common Literary Motif
Alienation and the Immigrant Experience

Prescribed Texts

Prose Fiction or Non-fiction

Charles Dickens  ~ Great Expectations
Raymond Gaita   ~Romulus, My Father
Jhumpa Lahiri     ~The Namesake

Drama or Film or Shakespeare

Arthur Miller     ~The Crucible,
Baz Luhrmann  ~Strictly Ballroom,
William Shakespeare ~  As You Like It


Peter, Skrzynecki ~Immigrant Chronicle, ‘Feliks Skrzynecki’, ‘St Patrick’s College’, ‘Ancestors’, ‘10 Mary Street’, ‘Migrant Hostel’, ‘Postcard’, ‘In the Folk Museum’
Steven Herrick   ~The Simple Gift

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  • The Widower in the Country
  • Enter Without So Much as Knocking
  • Originally
  • Cobb’s cartoons – State School o. 1812, No Loitering[O1]
  • My Place[O2]
  • High Noon
  • Radiance
  • The March of the Penguins
  • The Ugly Duckling