Vulture’s Gate Curriculum Support

Vulture’s Gate is richly layered with complex ideas about law and order, the future, science, reproductive technology and gender relations. Students will find philosophical and political challenges lie beneath the action and drama of the story.

Vulture’s Gate is a recommended text to support the teaching of sustainability in the Australian National Curriculum.

Judith Way, a teacher-librarian with a Graduate Diploma of Children’s Literature and a Master of Arts, has prepared an insightful set of teacher’s notes:

Vulture’s Gate in schools

Comments from teachers about Vulture’s Gate in the classroom:

  • With hints of Mad Max, and Z for Zachariah, the story is original and involving, with two very strongly delineated main characters, and I can see it working well as a class novel with middle school students.
    Fran Knight, Children’s literature specialist
  • This novel covers the science fiction/fantasy genre and would be ideal for good readers of 12 plus. Ideal for small group discussion with capable readers who are prepared to think beyond what is immediately obvious and challenge themselves to deep, critical thinking tasks. This book would greatly complement a SOSE unit about “The Future” or simply be an excellent class novel for slightly older readers.
    You will still be thinking about this story long after you have turned the final page.

    Francesca Ann Massey, Exeter Primary School, Tas
  • This tale refers to the controlling nature of humanity and it questions what would happen in a societal structure without women. These ideas would lead nicely into some creative writing sessions with students between the Years of 7-10. The female students may want to write about being the last female left on Earth. The male students might like to write a hero’s narrative on how they could protect this final girl from all of the other men. Or alternatively, students could challenge themselves and write from the other gender’s perspective. The ending of this text would lead into a rich classroom discussion of: what would happen next? Students could introduce alternate scenarios and endings depending on their own creative abilities. I highly recommend for schools to purchase this novel to have in their libraries and perhaps to utilise as a class adventure text.
    Melissa Adams, Literacy Coordinator, St. Peter’s Catholic College, NSW
  • I thoroughly enjoyed it and recommend it to upper primary through to college readers. It would be a great basis for classroom discussion of possible futures, ethics, the role of women and the use of technology in the future.
    Lorene Furmage, Tas
  • The novel could be effectively used as part of a wide reading program or as part of a unit of work on; the future, the hero’s journey or survival. The text explores important themes of friendship and courage.
    Gersha Shteyman, Kesser Torah College, NSW
  • It would be an excellent book to read aloud to an old enough group (as determined by the teacher). There would be issues in every chapter to stimulate discussion, debate or written opinion pieces. Obvious themes emerging include the breakdown of law and order, the human need for freedom, balancing order and freedom in our own society, benefits of totalitarianism for the colonists, the emerging character of Roc and his motives and methods of leadership, the importance of trust in relationships between Bo and Callum or between Roc and his boys, explaining the changing behaviour of Callum’s ‘father’ Rusty, projecting a future for those who escape aboard the Bouboulina, speculating about changes to order and control following the destruction at the colony.
    Stephanie Hanscamp Mountain District Christian School, Vic

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