Rabbit-Proof Fence

In todays lesson we watched the movie “Rabbit-proof fence”. It is a film based on a true story, about three aboriginal girls who were removed from their families by the government in Australia. From year 1900 to 1972 the government attacked the aboriginal families and culture, who were “mixed descent”. The children were removed to boarding schools, and did most likely never see their parents again. The government did this to eradicate the indigenous people.

Rabbit-Proof Fence is the title of the movie, and was also the longest fence in Australia then. It is called rabbit- proof fence because it is there to keep the rabbits on one side of the country so they won’t destroy the fields on the other side. For Molly, and her two sisters the fence was a path home, after escaping from Moore River. They walked for 9 weeks along this fence to come home. The fence mean perhaps more than just keeping the rabbits outside, but also to separate the indigenous people.

Before I saw the movie, I did know that “half-castes” children were removed from their families to non-Aboriginals. I did know that the children perhaps never saw they parents again.

Today i learned that this happened for several decades. It is scary to think that this mission happened all these years until 1972, which feels very close. I got to know that the prime minister in Australia is today really sorry for what happened to the lost generation, and that he now has a “Sorry Day”to remember the tough time. Another thing I also learned was that these children is today known as the “Stolen Generation”.

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I really think the girls walked all the way. After some research I found out they did. The three sisters walked from north of Perth to their home in Jigaling. The girls always found some way to get food and drink, when it was necessary. Nine weeks is a long time, and 1500 miles is a long way. The film is based on a true story, and i choose to believe they did walk all the way.

There are many of the articles in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights which were not met. Article 1 states that all children are born free and equal in dignity and rights. The Aboriginals children were definitely not treated as free born children.

The Aboriginals were unjustified handled because of their skin colour and race, which is against article 2.  They were neither entitled  a fair and public hearing by an impartial tribunal, as article 10 says.

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-Sara

The sources i used:

http://www.un.org/Overview/rights.html#atop

http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2004/01/14/1073877902433.html?from=storyrhs

 

 

Rabbit-Proof Fence

Indigenous aboriginals

Research shows that 460 000  habitants in Australia are descendants of indigenous from Aboriginals and Torres Strait Islands. The differences between these two are in areas as education, living and health.

The aboriginals must have lived in Australia for more than 50.000 years. There are 500 types of aboriginals,each with their own language and area, if I did not misunderstood.  The aboriginals explains that being a part of their culture, isa not about their skin colour or face shapes, but about the feeling inside, the unique spirit.

My friend from Australia didn`t know that much, except that they often were really loud, and non-aboriginals could have prejudices.

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This is a picture of an Aboriginal.

The short story “The Rainbow Serpent”, was about a huge snake, who lived in dreamtime. No vegetation, animals or mountains, only humans and the serpent. The serpent was going to cross the country from South to North, and on the way he met a lot of people, talking different. Once he met some people who worried about a storm coming up, and two brothers decided to hide in the serpents mouth. He swallowed them both. When the rest of the people found out they were gone, people started climbing hills and mountains, where they found the serpent, and the two brothers alive.

The snake got really mad and thrower rocks down the mountains, which killed many in the tribe. The stones became mountains, and the killed people to bugs or something.

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Indigenous aboriginals

Using Kahoot to learn

In today`s lesson we got a visit from Kahoot. They came to our class on Sandvika VGS,to spill in their commercial with us!! Therefor every makker group had to make a kahoot, and perform it for the kahoot-team, and the rest of the class. Kahoot.it is a platform for learning, where you can make quizzes for your class, or your audience. You write questions, with multiple choice answers.

Last lesson everyone had to write a blogpost about Ernest Hemingway, so today every group had to make a kahoot about him. Daniel, Mohammed, Benedicte and I worked together in a group. We found facts about Hemingway from our last blogpost, and Benedicte found some other fun facts on the internet. Total we made eleven great questions, with pictures of Hemingway.

Every group had to present their own names, and read the questions up loud from their quiz, at the same time as a cameraman filmed us. He started to film from the second we came in to the classroom, which felt weird, but at the same time it was kind of a funny feeling.

I learned a lot more about Ernest Hemingway today. First I had to find facts about him myself for our Kahoot. Later i had to answer questions about him in the other groups quizzes . Personally I think this way of learning is great. You get forced to find out facts about a theme, person, organisation, basically whatever you want. If you pick the wrong answer, the right one comes up. You learn by failing! Therefor i defiantly recommend this learning platform to other teachers, and students around the world.

Here is a picture of my class, and the kahoot-team.
Here is a picture of my class, and the kahoot-team.
Using Kahoot to learn

A Day`s Wait by Ernest Hemingway

Hemingway wrote a story about a boy who tried to suffer i silence. In this short story he writes with an influence style, with long descriptions, short and realistic dialogue. When Hemingway wrote stories he tried to use vivid verbs and nouns, instead of a lot of adjectives and adverbs.  An example of a typical dialogue from A Days`s Wait is in the beginning:

“What’s the matter, Schatz?”1 “I’ve got a headache.”
“You better go back to bed.” “No. I’m all right.”

“You go to bed. I’ll see you when I’m dressed.”

Aswell as the dialogue goes quick, Hemingway does not tell who the speaker is, which is interesting, because I still do understand what is going on. From line 65 to 83 you can clearly see Hemingway`s sentence structure by his long sentences for description, and shorter sentences in the conversation.

A Day`s Wait is one of his stories, which is based on a true event in his life. Some authors makes facts become fiction, and this is a good example of it.  When Hemingway lived in France, his son once also came in with a fever, as Schatz in A Day`s Wait.

Hemingway is also a part of the lost generation.After the first world war a lot og young men lost their teen years, because of the huge war. Ernest Hemingway wrote a lot about the lost generation, and their feelings, which many readers found interesting. .

A Day`s Wait by Ernest Hemingway