Package 1-5: Poem – Beyond the Milky Way – Part 2

This lesson focuses on reading and thinking about the action and theme of 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 2

Beyond the Milky Way - Part 2 PowerPoint presentation - printed

Activity sheet 4- Action

Paper

Activity sheet 5- Theme

Highlighters

Pencil or pen


Before you start

This is the second in a series of two lessons.

This lesson focuses on reading and thinking about the action and theme of 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 your child needs to know and do

Your child will watch a video of a lesson about the poem and will complete a series of activities about the action and theme of the poem. The teacher will guide your child through the activities as they learn what is going on in the poem and what the poet was intending.

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:

  • explain what happened in the poem.

  • explain the theme of the poem.

What to do next

Once your child has completed Beyond the Milky Way activities 4 and 5 they can complete the additional activities listed below.

Options for your child

Activity too hard? Activity too easy?

Work with your child to identify the action and theme of the poem. Have them record their insights orally.

Your child might research and compare the action, characters and theme of ‘Beyond the Milky Way’ with the well-known Australian ballad ‘The Man from Snowy River’ by Andrew Barton Paterson.

Extend the learning

Your child might like to read the poem to someone and explain what it is about and how they know. They also might like to draw a cartoon based on the poem by dividing an A4 page into 8 sections and drawing a picture for each stanza.

Beyond the Milky Way activity 4: Action

Learning intention:

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

Success criteria:

  • I can draw and write to explain what happened in the poem.

Instructions: Read the poem Beyond the Milky Way by Chris Hogan, illustrated by Tohby Riddle.

Part 1- Use one colour to highlight the sections of the poem related to Big Jim. Note the details in the first column. Part 2- Use a different colour to highlight the sections of the poem related to the green disk, laser beam and wee-folk and note those details in the second column.

Challenge: In the second, third, fifth and seventh stanzas Big Jim the poet has used quoted speech to show us what Big Jim was thinking and said.

Part of poem Big Jim Green disk, laser beam, wee-folk

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.

Green disk

‘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!

Green disk

‘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.

Laser beam

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.

Laser beam


Green disk

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.

Wee-folk

‘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!

Wee-folk

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 acknowledgment: Used with permission from

The School Magazine



Beyond the Milky Way activity 5: Theme

Learning intention:

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

Success criteria:

  • I can explain the theme of the poem.

Instructions: Write a paragraph about the theme of the poem Beyond the Milky Way by Chris Hogan, illustrated by Tohby Riddle. You should include a statement about what you think the theme of the poem is and details from the poem that support your thinking.

Challenge: Write about a time when you have formed a friendship with someone through a common language or shared passion.
Activity adapted with permission from The School Magazine learning resource.

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