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Quote from story
Your response - how does she feel? Why do you think that?
“I swallow my groan” (page 2)
She feels bored and hot. I think that because people normally groan when they don’t like what is happening, so maybe she was bored in class and didn’t want to do what the teacher asked. The drought meant that the weather would be really hot.
“I flop across my desk like a dead fish” (page 2)
We think she feels thirsty, a bit bored, and hungry because in the sentence it’s describing her as a dead fish, and a dead fish need it’s water to live.
“Since Mum died, I’ve been staying over at Pete’s house until Dad gets home from work” (page 3)
I think she feels scared and and a little bit sad because of her mom passing away, but at the same time a little happy because she does have fun with them. We think that because if it was us we would have the same emotions.
“We roar and scream like a crowd at a rugby match when someone scores a try” (page 4)
She feels enthusiastic, and excited, and we think that she's having fun. We think this because sometimes when your like having fun you just wanna scream and jump up and down.
“I wait for him to tell me to dig deep. I wait for him to tell me to use my imagination - but I guess it was Mum who said things like that.” (page 5)
I think she feels like maybe he isn’t in the mood at the moment, and also a bit awkward because deep down she was waiting for him to say something but she thinks that it was only mom that said things like that. We think that because of the quotes around that text.
“Dad still hasn’t eaten anything, and there are big black bags under his eyes” (page 5)
We think that he is feeling depressed and we think she's feeling a bit sad to because all of it is happening just because her mum passed away.We think that because if our Mums passed away we would feel the same.
“I pick up my pen and, trying not to think of Dad asleep at the table, or Mum dying, or the skinny sheep, I close my eyes” (page 6)
I think at this moment she is having some time to think about herself and actually being able to write this story. We think she's feeling free and happy because this is encouraging herself to work on this story about “DROUGHT”!
Reread this quote from page 6. Reflect on what hidden meaning is there.
“This time the story comes, but the drought in the story is dad’s. Like the ever-blue sky, he’s holding back tears. From time to time, a small cloud drifts by, but he blinks it away. Each time he does this, his sadness grows deeper. All he does is get up and go to work and come home and go to bed. Then one night, he falls into such a deep sleep, a cloud creeps by without him noticing. Then another comes, and another, and another. Fat white clouds at first, then grey ones, then black - and the blackest clouds are bursting with rain. The moment they burst, Dad cries.” (page 6)
Think about the questions below and write a paragraph (at least 100 words) to answer these questions. You can talk to a buddy about it, but use your own words.
- Why is dad holding back tears?
- Why does he blink away the clouds?
- Why is his sadness growing deeper?
- What metaphor is the girl trying to explain by talking about the clouds?
- Why might the clouds start off white, then next go grey, then next go black? What metaphor is the girl trying to explain?
Start writing here:
Read this article.
Answer the questions below.
What part of Rosalie’s Hauora was affected by the bullying? Explain what you mean by that.
Mental and emotional well being.
When did the bullying start, and what happened?
On her last day of primary everyone started calling her names and some would even come up to her face and make her feel imitated.
What does this mean?
“I only got bullied verbally but it was still very hurtful.”
It means she only got bullied with words but not physically yet it was still hurtful.
Why do you think Rosalie didn’t tell anyone she was being bullied?
Rosalie didn’t tell anyone because if she did she would’ve got bullied even more and worse.
Find 3 pieces of advice Rosalie gives to everyone reading that they can do to get help if they are getting bullied