Happy 150th birthday Andrew Barton "Banjo" Paterson !
It is almost impossible to express how much I love Paterson's "The Man from Snowy River" (1864) ballad. There is so much to enjoy; from the beautifully flowing rhymes and cadence, to the wonderfully crafted imagery, to the archetypal every-man hero who defies the odds and becomes a house-hold name.
But, just because I love something, it does not automatically mean that my students will share the same passion. And, often, the more you tell someone that they should like something - the less they are inclined to do so.
It is with this thought in mind that I have put together a series of activities that use the Harvard Project Zero "Making Thinking Visible" learning model that will (hopefully) guide students towards coming to love, appreciate or at the very least enjoy Paterson's "The Man from Snowy River" as well as building their textual analysis skills through a guided interrogation of the poem.