In Term Three, English students will complete a novel study of Don’t call me Ishmael, by Michael Gerard Bauer. Students will respond to the representations of teenagers in society, and the subsequent influence of language on teen identity through poetry. This unit provides opportunities for students to develop skills in empathising the views, emotions and reactions of others by identifying with personalities or characteristics of people in a given situation, interrelating themes and issues, and justifying positions with sound reasons or evidence.
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Other young adult and children’s novels that tackle similar themes of bullying, difference, and friendship include Freak the Mighty by Rodman Philbrick, Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli, and Wonder by R. J. Palacio.
Within the novel, Scobie also reads from Shakespeare’s play Hamlet, and the debating team mentions J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series.
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Ishmael is the narrator of Herman Melville's classic novel, Moby Dick. A naive young sailor, Ishmael joins the crew of the whaling vessel, Pequod, captained by the maniacal Captain Ahab. Ahab is obsessed with finding and killing Moby Dick, an enormous white whale who ate his leg years earlier. Ahab's single-minded thirst for revenge dooms the crew and himself.
The first line of the book - "Call me Ishmael" - is one of the most famous opening lines in literature.
Ishmael is named after the son of Abraham in the Bible and, like his namesake, he represents the outcast.