exercises due: calendar week 43 (first lesson of the week (because on the 27th you write the class test...).

Class test: Here is what you need to know


1. Listening Comprehension (easy. Always the same: multiple choice, complete the sentence and true/false-statements)

2. Grammar/Translation (probably a short part but it's important. And self-explanatory. Revise simple past and present perfect)

3. Writing (always a classic. Write a proper essay (same as in German)


questions? Ask in class.

A: Words


Learn the words up to "to debate" (p. 184)


Yes, that's more than last time. But that's not up for debate - pun intended...

also: You won't write a voc test BUT those words might be a part of the class test. So make sure your learn them.


B: Reading


Read the extract of Bill Simon's story below. He was one of the Aboriginal children who was taken away from their families.


Then do the following exercises:

  • Explain how Bill Simon establishes a sense of an organized lifestyle in the first paragraph.
  • Analyse how he creates suspense in the second paragraph.


C: Writing


Simon was in his 30s when he finally met his mother again. But it was too late, his mother, re-married with other children, rejected him.


Write that scene from the perspective of Simon.


 Write that scene from the perspective of Simon's mother.

 (Write at least 3/4 of a page . Oh, and I'll randomly take a couple of those scenes home to mark them.

So put some effort into it. ;))

Bill Simon’s story: “I saw her hammering her fists into the road”


“It was winter 1957, seven o’clock in the morning. The sun was up and the sounds of birds drifted down into our small kitchen. My brother Lenny was sitting on the floor, eating toast; my brothers Murray and David and I, rubbing our eyes in a state of half sleep, were waiting for mum to smear Vegemite on our bread before we dressed for school. A routine day in the Simon household.


Someone rapped loudly on the door. My mother didn’t answer it. We hadn’t heard anyone come up the path. The knocking got louder, and finally my mother, who was reluctant to answer any callers when my father wasn’t home, opened the door and exchanged words with three people. We strained to hear what they were saying. Three men then entered the room.

A man in a suit ordered my mother to pick up Lenny and give him to me. My mother started to scream. One of the policemen bent down and picked up my brother and handed him to me. My mother screamed and sobbed hysterically but the men took no notice, and forced my brothers and me into a car.


My mother ran out onto the road, fell on her knees and belted her fists into the bitumen as she screamed. We looked back as the car drove off to see her hammering her fists into the road, the tears streaming down her face…”



Simon was ten years old when he was taken to Kinchela where he remained until he was 17 years old. The abuse he suffered left him unable to have healthy relationships and trying to numb his rage and violence with drugs and alcohol.


(source: http://www.creativespirits.info/aboriginalculture/politics/stolen-generations-stories#toc0)

D: Grammar


No specific grammar exercises this time. BUT: Revise Simple Past vs. Present Perfect and the infinitive structures! Both grammar topic were are really important. You can just google for exercises on the internet. There are literaly thousands of exercises.

You decide you don't need to do that? Your choice. You're old enough to know that you need the practice...



Watch this documentary about the stolen generation. It's touching and gives you a lot of insight.