Package 1-4: Poem – Beyond the Milky Way – Part 1

This lesson focuses on reading and thinking about the language choices in a poem called Beyond the Milky Way by Chris Hogan.

Things you need

Have these things available so your child can complete this task

Ideal Back up

Device to watch the lesson video and Beyond the Milky Way- Part 1

Beyond the Milky Way- Part 1 PowerPoint - printed

Activity sheet 1- I see, I think, I wonder

Paper

Activity sheet 2- Poem

Activity sheet 3- Vocabulary

Pencil or pen


Before I start

This lesson focuses on reading and thinking about the language choices in a poem called Beyond the Milky Way by Chris Hogan.

Poetry is a way of expressing feelings, ideas and telling stories. Poems can be written in lots of ways with many different structures.

What my child needs to know and do

Your child will watch the Beyond the Milky Way- Part 1 video and will complete a series of activities about the language choices in the poem. The teacher will guide your child through the activities as they learn new vocabulary.

Throughout the lesson, your child will be asked to pause the video to complete an activity on the activity sheets.

By the end of the lesson, your child will have activities to support them to be able to:

  • explore the language choices in the poem.

What to do next

Once your child has completed Beyond the Milky Way activities 1, 2, and 3 they can move on to the next lesson, Beyond the Milky Way- Part 2.

Options for your child

Activity too hard? Activity too easy?

Your child might just complete the activities for the first two stanzas rather than the whole poem.

Your child might research and read other humorous poems written as ballads.

Extension/Additional activity

Your child might enjoy practising and reading the poem aloud to build their reading fluency including expression and rhythm. This could be performed for family or friends or recorded and shared with their teacher.

Beyond the Milky Way activity 1: I see, I think, I wonder

Learning intention:

I am learning to read, understand and respond to a poem.

Success criteria:

  • I can respond to an illustration.

Instructions: Look at the illustration that accompanies the poem Beyond the Milky Way by Chris Hogan, illustrated by Tohby Riddle. Write down the things you see, think and wonder about the illustration.

Challenge: Write a paragraph about what you predict the poem will be about.

Beyond the Milky Way activity 2: Poem

Learning intention:

I am learning to read, understand and respond to a poem.

Success criteria:

  • I can explore the language choices in a poem.

Instructions: Read the poem Beyond the Milky Way by Chris Hogan, illustrated by Tohby Riddle. Use the following symbols to help you think about the words and story presented in the poem.

Key:

_____ = unsure or unfamiliar word

[highlighter] = I like this

□ = onomatopoeia

Challenge: Imagine that Big Jim had to make a statement to the police about the events from the poem. Write the police statement making sure you include as many details as you can to assist the police.

Beyond the Milky Way

Poem by Chris Hogan

Big Jim was truckin’ cattle, down the highway, late at night,
When suddenly, the sky lit up, and blazed with purple light.
And then, from out of nowhere, while Jim scratched his puzzled head,
A strange, green disk materialised and hovered overhead.

‘Good grief!’ Jim gasped. He sat and froze, like he’d been thunderstruck.
And as he did, the green disk hummed, and laser-beamed the truck.
Bang! Rattle! Thump! The cabin shook! The airbags fizzed and POPPED!
Jim slammed the brake! He hit the roof! The old truck screeched! And stopped!

‘Great cats alive!’ the truckie cried, in gasps of disbelief.
He wiped his nose. He rubbed his eyes, and shivered like a leaf.
‘I sure ain’t stayin’ here!’ he said, and shuffled in his seat.
‘I ain’t no sardine in a can, for some alien to eat!’

So, with his fingers double-crossed, and courage in his soul,
Jim sprang out of the cabin, like a rabbit from a hole.
The laser beam sliced through the air, and flashed above his head,
And then, it shifted to the cows, and flashed on them instead.

The cows went moo, like milk cows do, when something takes their eye.
The beam went ZAP! And sucked them up, to the spaceship in the sky.
Big Jim cried, ‘Stop, you thievin’ lot! Them cows ain’t yours to keep!’
The green disk hummed. The laser flashed. And Big Jim went to sleep.

Night turned to day. Day turned to night. And finally Jim woke.
He found himself tucked up in bed, surrounded by wee-folk.
Dweep Zuggle Nink! Splig Ding Kerdink!’ the largest wee-folk said.
Its four eyes blinked. Its ears went pink, and its tentacles glowed red.

‘I’m sorry,’ said the truckie, ‘but ya lingo has me beat!
If only you spoke Aussie, like us truckies, she’d be sweet.’
The wee-folk wobbled up and down like jelly on a plate,
And snuffling through their blubber mouths, they cried, ‘No worries mate!

Well! Ever since that moment, when two cultures spoke as one,
The truckie and his new-found friends have flown from sun to sun.
And every day, when tea is served, they have the same main course:
Sweet lamingtons! Milk freshly squeezed! And fairy bread with sauce!

Text and image acknowledgment: Used with permission from The School Magazine

Beyond the Milky Way activity 3: Vocabulary

Learning intention:

I am learning to read, understand and respond to a poem.

Success criteria:

  • I can explore the language choices in the poem.

Instructions: Complete the Frayer model for the focus vocabulary word- materialised.

Challenge: Choose another word from the poem and complete a Frayer model for the word.

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