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Task no. 1
Conduct research on Banjo Paterson
Research Banjo Paterson and his work. Start by looking at his portrait found in the State Library of NSW collection here. You may also like to visit the Australian Dictionary of Biography to see their entry on A. B. Paterson here.
Use Prezi, Sway, Padlet or another digital (or even non-digital) form to produce a published biography of A. B. Paterson.
Task no. 2
Adjudicate the debate
Find out about one of Banjo Paterson’s contemporaries, Henry Lawson – read this story about Henry Lawson as a young poet and scroll down to the subheading ‘City vs Country: Duelling with Banjo.’
Write a 1 paragraph adjudication, determining who was the winner – Lawson or Paterson – and why. Give evidence to support your decision.
Task no. 3
Take a side
Participate in your own poetic duel. Find a partner and decide on a theme. Some suggestions include:
Choose a side and write a short poem painting a positive picture of this aspect of life – make it seem wonderful!
Swap your poem with your partner, read your partner’s poem and write a response in the form of a poem.