10 ESSENTIAL ENGLISH PLANNING WORKSHEET 1. Find an interesting quote about literature or write a definition for the term ‘story’. 2. Why do you think stories has remained popular throughout time? 3. What is the title of your novel? Touch Me 4. Who is the author? James Moloney 5. Using a one word or a short phrase what is the main idea in this novel? Coming of age novel, teenage obstacles 6. What is the message the Be yourself, don’t judge others by how they look, you author wants the audience to don’t have to change yourself for others, you don’t have learn from this novel? to limit yourself Working with a partner brainstorm two possible themes. 7. What literary devices does the author use to examine the themes? Non-linear narrative (two characters narrating the novel) 8. Write down a possible thesis statement. Sexism is explored through the novel Touch Me because……….(How Xavier and Nuala experience sexism) Thesis = theme + literary devices Characters List two examples where the theme is explored through the characters in your novel. Provide a quote and explain how the quote supports your answer. Example 1) When the girls want to join in on the boys touch football. The boys tell them they can’t play Quote Effect “This is a blokes’ game” (pg It sexualises the sport. 10) Stereotype that only boys “No, we didn’t come to play sport. watch”, “We’ve come to play” (pg 9) It negatively affects the girls self-esteem. “It will slow things up a bit” (pg 10) “ 2) The boys reaction to Nuala’s appearance at the train station “Thirty metres away, a boy stood apart from the rest, gradually attracting the attention of everyone around him” (pg 11) Nuala is being misgendered for wearing the boys uniform. Clothing has no gender. Setting List two examples where the theme is explored through the setting in your novel. Provide a quote and explain how the quote supports your answer. Example 1) The train station – When Xavier first sees Nuala walking into the bathroom Quote “No, I mean did you see where that bloke went just now” (page 12) Effect Nuala is a female wearing male clothes and Xavier assumes this makes her a boy. However she walks into the female bathroom. 2) Footy fields – when the girls want to play against the boys. “Get off! You’re supposed to touch me, not grope me” – Clarissa yelled. (page 22) Some of the boys (Luke) are taking advantage of the girls. This can make the girls feel inferior. When the boys and girls play and Clarissa gets groped “Luke bounced up and down in one spot, knowing she had to stand in front of him to play the ball” (page 22) The girls can feel uncomfortable and may not want to play touch football again. Plot List two examples where the theme is explored through the plot in your novel. Provide a quote and explain how the quote supports your answer. Example 1) Nuala’s ex boyfriend photoshops pictures of her face on someone elses body. This includes the body of a girl in a bikini. The pictures were revenge for Nuala breaking up with Gavin 2) Xavier takes Nuala to his school formal and she wears a suit, including coat tails. Xavier’s friends react negatively Quote “Why? Why did they do it to her” he demanded “Cause she dropped him, that’s why.” (pg 79) Effect It was unfair to Nuala to circulate false private photos. She did not consent and was ridiculed by others. “They were so fake,” Lyndall said in disgust. “You could see how they put them together” (pg 78) “I can’t believe you brought her like that, Xave. It makes you part of a f***ing freak show” Scott spat at him savagely” (p 149) “If she wants to be some kind of gender-bender over at Lawson….” (p. 149) “The cross dressing’s a joke” “You bring some queer lesbian in a f***ing suit to the formal…..” (p 147) Conclusion Nuala is expected to wear traditional girl clothes and is discriminated against by Xavier’s friends for wearing a suit to his formal. They use derogatory terms against Nuala and Xavier. Restate your thesis using slightly different words Restate your main points What lesson about life can the audience learn from this novel?