The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time

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Topics: Culture, Film, Sociology
English
Stage 6

Annotations of texts

prescribed for the first time

Higher School Certificate
2009–2014

Annotations of texts

prescribed for the first time

for the

Higher School Certificate

2009–2014

COMMON CONTENT

TYPE OF TEXT Prose Fiction
TITLE The Namesake
AUTHOR Jhumpa Lahiri
COURSE: Standard and Advanced
AREA OF STUDY: Belonging

DESCRIPTION
This Area of Study requires students to explore the ways in which the concept of belonging is represented in and through texts.

Perceptions and ideas of belonging, or of not belonging, vary. These perceptions are shaped within personal, cultural,
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It develops students’ understanding of how the ideas, forms and language of a text interact and may affect those responding to it.

The following annotations are based on the criteria for selection of texts appropriate for study for the Higher School Certificate.

MERIT AND CULTURAL SIGNIFICANCE
The novel, which provides a powerful glimpse into the foibles and moral confusion of the adult world, was winner of the Whitbread Book of the Year prize, and was listed for the Booker Prize.
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time introduces a unique voice in the narrator, Christopher, who is a 15-year-old boy with Asperger’s Syndrome. Christopher is gifted in mathematics, especially solving mathematical puzzles, but human emotions are beyond his grasp. When a neighbour’s dog is murdered, he decides to solve the mystery by treating it as a mathematical puzzle, with far-reaching effects on his own carefully constructed world.

NEEDS AND INTERESTS OF STUDENTS
Written in the first person from Christopher’s perspective, the story has an immediacy and impact that will engage the students as it relates events in an empathic but quirky
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MERIT AND CULTURAL SIGNIFICANCE
The novel was the winner of the 2006 Children’s Book Council of Australia Book of the Year Awards: Older Readers and the Australian Family Therapists’ Award for Children’s Literature (Novel).
This highly acclaimed novel by the Australian author J C Burke focuses on a teenage boy’s experiences after a tragic car accident in a small NSW country town, and the consequences which threaten to destroy his family when his brother is sent to gaol for manslaughter, his cousin is paralysed and family members are forced to flee their home and reconsider their lives, relationships and values.
The Story of Tom Brennan depicts with both pathos and humour how families deal with grief and tragedy as it explores a number of current news issues, such as drink-driving, acceptable blood alcohol levels, and the age at which teenagers can get their driving licences.

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