The Pōrangi Boy Novel Study and Discussion Questions

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The Pōrangi Boy Novel Study resource is a comprehension, discussion, and activity guide to accompany the novel The Pōrangi Boy by Shilo Kino. This is an excellent book for upper primary and intermediate because of its themes of friendship and family, its powerful characters, and the message of standing up for what you believe in.
The Pōrangi Boy 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) 
  • A Keep the Quote section.
  • The Keep the Quote’s are a collection of quotes from the novel that can be cut out and ‘kept’ in an exercise book or notebook. These quotes can then be used to explore the deeper meanings and inferences further. You could also use them to make text-to-text or text-to-self connections. Another option is to illustrate them creatively.
Please note: To use this resource, you will need at least one copy of the novel, The Pōrangi Boy. You won’t regret it, it is a great book!

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