Our Gumdigger Novel Study resource is a comprehension, discussion, and activity guide to accompany the novel Gumdigger by Kath Beattie. This is an excellent book for upper primary and intermediate because of its themes of resilience, perseverance, and the historical nature of the text. This novel explores New Zealand in 1899-1900 and the experiences of the Dalmation gum diggers.
The Gumdigger Novel Study has been split up into sections for the purposes of this resource. Each section varies in size due to the number of pages and the nature of the content. Some sections call for more reflection and discussion than others.
For each section of the novel study, there are:
Reading comprehension questions,
Discussion questions for oral language development in the classroom, designed to be used with pairs or small groups of students
Weblinks and QR codes for students to find out more about the content discussed
Six to eight creative activity choices (including digital and non-digital options)
Please note: To use this resource, you will need at least one copy of the novel, Gumdigger.
Aotearoa New Zealand History Curriculum Links:
Whakapapa me te whanaungatanga | Culture and identity
The stories of groups of people from different periods in our history convey their reasons for and experiences of migration. These stories have shaped their culture and identity in Aotearoa New Zealand.
What stories do different groups of people tell about their experiences of migration? When did they come, who did they come with, and why did they come? How did these stories shape who they are now?