Package 1-4: Poem – My Country – Part 1

In this package your child will watch a video of a lesson about the poem and will complete a series of activities to develop their vocabulary.

Week 2 - Package 4 - Year 5 & 6 English - My Country by Dorothea Mackellar - Part 1

Things your child will need

Have these things available so your child can complete this task

Ideal Back up

My Country vocabulary video

My Country - Vocabulary PowerPoint presentation -printed

Activity sheet 1

Activity sheet 2

Activity sheet 3

Activity sheet 4

Paper

Pencil or pen

Dictionary and thesaurus

Online version

Before your child starts

This lesson focuses on developing vocabulary using Dorothea Mackellar’s ‘My Country’ poem.

This may be the first introduction to the poem, so reading aloud together can help to develop rhythm and pronounce words that are unfamiliar.


Your child will need a dictionary and a thesaurus, or can use an online version.

What your child needs to do

Your child will watch a video of a lesson about the poem and will complete a series of activities to develop their vocabulary. The teacher will guide your child 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:

  • identify vocabulary which is unfamiliar

  • use a process to define unknown words.

What your child can do next

Your child will be brainstorming vocabulary, defining words and using a graphic organiser to display their understanding of a new word.

Options for your child

Activity too hard? Activity too easy?

Work with your child to find a word that is more appropriate from the poem.

Your child might just read the first two stanzas rather than the whole thing.

Your child might read other Dorothea Mackellar poetry to find similarities in the vocabulary used.

Extension/Additional activity

Your child might enjoy reading the poem aloud as a monologue. This could be recorded and shared.

Activity sheet 1: Australia brainstorm

Learning intention:

To create a brainstorm of vocabulary on what I think about when I think of Australia.

Activity sheet 2: My Country poem by Dorothea MacKellar

The love of field and coppice
Of green and shaded lanes,
Of ordered woods and gardens
Is running in your veins.
Strong love of grey-blue distance,
Brown streams and soft, dim skies
I know, but cannot share it,
My love is otherwise.

I love a sunburnt country,
A land of sweeping plains,
Of ragged mountain ranges,
Of droughts and flooding rains.
I love her far horizons,
I love her jewel-sea,
Her beauty and her terror
The wide brown land for me!

The stark white ring-barked forests,
All tragic to the moon,
The sapphire-misted mountains,
The hot gold hush of noon,
Green tangle of the brushes
Where lithe lianas coil,
And orchids deck the tree-tops,
And ferns the warm dark soil.

Core of my heart, my country!
Her pitiless blue sky,
When, sick at heart, around us
We see the cattle die
But then the grey clouds gather,
And we can bless again
The drumming of an army,
The steady soaking rain.

Core of my heart, my country!
Land of the rainbow gold,
For flood and fire and famine
She pays us back threefold.
Over the thirsty paddocks,
Watch, after many days,
The filmy veil of greenness
That thickens as we gaze ...

An opal-hearted country,
A wilful, lavish land
All you who have not loved her,
You will not understand
though Earth holds many splendours,
Wherever I may die,
I know to what brown country
My homing thoughts will fly.

Activity sheet 3: Frayer model

Activity sheet 4: vocabulary match up

Your task:

  • Draw a line to match the following words with their definition.
  • Check with a dictionary if needed.
Word Definition

coppice​

Woodland that has been cut back to promote growth.​

plains​

A large area of flat land.​

lithe​

Thin, supple or graceful.​

lianas​

Wood-climbing plant that is often found in a rainforest.​

orchids​

A flowering plant.​

pitiless​

Cruel, harsh or severe.​

threefold​

Three times the amount.​

filmy​

Covered with a thin layer of something.​

veil​

Thin fabric to cover with.​

wilful​

Intentional or on purpose.​

lavish​

Rich, luxurious or lavish.​

splendours​

Magnificent features or qualities.​

homing​

Relating to an animal's instinct to return home.​

Activity sheet 4: vocabulary match up

Your task:

  • Draw a line to match the following words with their definition.
  • Check with a dictionary if needed.
Word Definition

coppice​

Woodland that has been cut back to promote growth.​

plains​

A large area of flat land.​

lithe​

Thin, supple or graceful.​

lianas​

Wood-climbing plant that is often found in a rainforest.​

orchids​

A flowering plant.​

pitiless​

Cruel, harsh or severe.​

threefold​

Three times the amount.​

filmy​

Covered with a thin layer of something.​

veil​

Thin fabric to cover with.​

wilful​

Intentional or on purpose.​

lavish​

Rich, luxurious or lavish.​

splendours​

Magnificent features or qualities.​

homing​

Relating to an animal's instinct to return home.​

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