iServi News | 19 June 2020 | Term 2, Week 8
Our Year 7 students have been reading the witty and quirky novel Don’t Call Me Ishmael in English. The novel explores important themes such as bullying and growing up through the eyes of the main character, Ishmael Leseur.
Unfortunately for Ishmael, he is not particularly gifted when it comes to avoiding awkward and embarrassing circumstances. His sister Prue, on the other hand, is a near genius. Prue spends her time studying for school and creating ‘peg people’; that is, detailed peg recreations of the world’s most influential people. One of her peg creations manages to get Ishmael into a truly horrifying situation in a room full of people, and it is this moment that changes the course of Ishmael’s life.
Using Prue’s creations as their inspiration, the Year 7 students have chosen their own influential person to model a peg person on. They researched their influential person and planned their designs on paper, before executing them on a wooden peg. The students brought their peg people to life using markers, wool and paper, and a lot of creativity.
It was fantastic to see our students engage so enthusiastically in the novel and this creative task.
Ms Vanessa Hollis
(Acting) Head of Learning Area – English