Captain Moonlite, Literacy, Grade 6,7,8


Captain Moonlite is a six-page unit of literacy tasks with reading, writing and Word Study, this is best for Grades 6, 7 and 8. It begins with an account of a well-known bushranger in the Colony of New South Wales. The height of his career outside the law was during the 1870’s. A great read and entertaining for young people as well as informative.

This item has a reading task with a range of expressions as part of the text that a competent reader of English needs to know. The writing tasks draw directly on the text for further study.

Parents, teachers and others can download and teach Year 6, 7 or 8 child/children. Let the text drive the lesson. Everything you need to teach is here or in the unit.

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Captain Moonlite is a six-page literacy unit for Grades 6, 7 and 8. It begins with an account of the career of a well-known Australian bushranger. He was foolish and reckless and so the account is entertaining for students.

Andrew George Scott immigrated to Australia from Ireland in 1867. While taking on the guise of a respectable member of the community, Scott took the alias, Captain Moonlite, and began a career of harassing settlers and robbing banks.  Scott came to a bad end and was hanged in 1880.

  • Students explain in their own words several phrases of interest;
  • write other forms of words underlined in the text;
  • explain a number Australian and colonial terms from the text; and
  • and explain why a bushranger would adopt an alias.

Best for Grades 6, 7 and 8, this unit of work can be worked through with adult guidance. It can be used by parents, non-teachers and teachers with this grade level. I have taught using this package and made small changes so any non-teacher can use it easily.

  • A student at this level may need only one reading of the text.
  • Encourage the student to check back with the text if in doubt. It is not a memory test.

This source gives primary school a overview of the lives of several bushrangers. It is at an appropriate language level for children.

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