Mission Girl Novel Study and Discussion Questions
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This Mission Girl Novel Study resource is intended to be used as a comprehension, discussion, and activity guide to accompany the novel Mission Girl by Fleur Beale. This is an excellent book for upper primary and intermediate because of its themes of friendship and family, powerful characters, and civil rights and fairness. It also provides a context for an important part of Aotearoa, New Zealand’s history.
The Mission Girl Novel Study has been split up into sections for the purposes of this resource. Each section varies in size due to the number of pages and the nature of the content. Some sections call for more reflection and discussion than others.
For each section of the novel study, there are:
Reading comprehension questions,
Discussion questions for oral language development in the classroom, designed to be used with pairs or small groups of students.
Weblinks and QR codes for students to find out more about the content discussed
Six to eight creative activity choices (including digital and non-digital options)
A Keep the Quote section.
The Keep the Quote’s are a collection of quotes from the novel that can be cut out and ‘kept’ in an exercise book or notebook. These quotes can then be used to explore the deeper meanings and inferences further, used to make text-to-text or text-to-self connections, illustrated creatively, or another purpose of the teacher’s choosing.
Please note: To use this resource, you will need at least one copy of the novel, Mission Girl.
Aotearoa New Zealand Curriculum Links:
Tino rangatiratanga me te kāwanatanga | Government and organisation
Te Tiriti o Waitangi | The Treaty of Waitangi was signed in different places. The two versions of the Treaty say different things about who would have authority. Māori understandings were based on the version in te reo Māori, which the vast majority of Māori signed.