Lesson overview

Detailed practice
Story - Narrative
Middle years and up
Storm Boy
Colin Thiele
describing setting
environmental description
system dynamics
birds eye point of view
distanced perspective
lyrical prose
poetic style
describing a location
environmental forces
contrasting detail
evoking emotion
word choice
In this lesson we model the opening of Storm Boy, which establishes the coastal location of the story. This descriptive passage takes long-distance perspective that captures geography and season, and creates a dynamic portrait of a natural system. While the story is simple and directed towards middle years student, the language has a mythical, poetic quality that is challenging to reproduce.