Journey to Jo’Burg (HarperCollins Children’s Modern Classics) (Journey to Jo'Burg Series Book 1)

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Journey to Jo’Burg (HarperCollins Children’s Modern Classics) (Journey to Jo'Burg Series Book 1)

Journey to Jo’Burg (HarperCollins Children’s Modern Classics) (Journey to Jo'Burg Series Book 1)

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What makes this book an international piece of literature is that it is about another country, South Africa, written and published in English. It has been a great inspiration for teaching children to use subordinate clauses and using setting to convey emotions. During the journey, they become aware of the harsh realities of apartheid; facing danger and prejudice. In a social studies or history class, Journey to Jo’Burg could be used to compare and contrast the history of South Africa with that of the U.

They also are exposed to the class and power relations and learn of the hope and rebellions for social change, most notably the Soweto Uprising of 1976. They are portrayed as not exactly horrible people but somewhere near there - "I can't possibly let you go today.But it's worth all the extra work because the story has so much depth and complexity and kids will enjoy learning and talking about this. It is written from the viewpoint of two young children in South Africa who struggle to understand the injustice they and their families face. After accidentally trying to board a whites-only bus, the siblings find the right bus and meet a young woman named Grace. Michael Rosen's introduction to this recent edition provides an insight into the global political context at the time of its release in 1985. Finally, although Journey to Jo'burg was penned in 1986 and Apartheid was officially abolished as a South African government policy in the 1990s, the fight for racial equality very much continues in South Africa.

It's possible I'm overreading these elements, because I was aware going into it that the book was written by a white woman from South Africa. Through meeting Grace they learn about the struggle against the unfair system of the apartheid and the uprising of students against the treatment of black people. Reading the class reader for year 6, this is a good book to start the conversation on what segregation is and to help kids to be deeper thinkers - i think the teacher says for them to be introspective. Roger Federer has some connections with the country (wiki: his mother is from there); Nelson Mandela; Charlize Theron; 2010 FIFA World Cup (vuvuzela. The period is South Africa's apartheid years, and while I'm rating four for writing, I'm rating another star for the depiction of tendencies towards popular activism and bringing about change.

I think it is a great read for a KS2 class and there are many activities in which it can be used throughout literacy lessons such as looking at characters in depth, retelling a story from a character's point of view, play scripts and report writing.

In a no name village, two children aged 13 and 9 decide to go to Jo'burg to bring their mother home - the only person able to maybe save their little sister, severely sick for several days. It is a simple story line that has potential to open many discussions and topics for children to further explore in the classroom. Beverley Naidoo (a white child) got a vaccine against diphteria, the children of the woman helping her family did not get this chance. I have often wondered how, as a child, I never really saw or understood how shocking apartheid and racism were. Naledi (”Morning star” in the native language Tswana) and Tiro (”Hard work”) go on an adventure of about 300 km, a race against time and obstacles, during which they walk, hide, make friends, find their mom and go back home with her by train.

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The author was a white girl who knew she would have suffered under Nazi Germany, but just did not realise how her black servants had to live. The opulence of the white “”Madam’s”” house contrasts starkly with the reality that Naledi and Tiro face – that their baby sister is suffering from starvation, not an incurable disease. Their mother is able to get time off, beginning the next day, to take her children home and help Dineo. All those lesson on writing letters…for jobs as servants…always writing how good they were at cooking, cleaning, washing, gardening…always ending with “Yours obediently.

An additional book is available to purchase containing photocopiable activities, guided reading notes, speaking and listening activities, writing projects and creative ideas – all from a bestselling, tried-and-trusted series that’s a firm favourite with teachers. The book is set in the time of the Apartheid in South Africa and goes through the different things which are different today for black people.

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