Market Blues Curriculum Support

Market Blues is used in many schools around Australia from upper primary through to Year 9. Since its first release, countless teaching resources have been created to complement the study of the novel. Following are some that are currently available online:

Di Wilson, a teacher librarian at Presbyterian Ladies College, Melbourne collaborated with three other teachers; J. Mitchell M. Reid and C. Bradbeer to develop this exceptional online integrated learning area unit based on Market Blues. A terrific teaching resource. To visit the webquest click here

Suzanne Thwaites wrote comprehensive teachers notes suitable for upper primary and lower secondary students. Click the link on the right to download a pdf of these notes.

Lilian Leptos, Year 9 Co-ordinator at Lakeside Secondary College created a brilliant interdisciplinary unit using Market Blues:

If your school is situated anywhere near Melbourne, a visit to the Queen Victoria Markets is a must. The Queen Victoria Market administration run a range of different tours of the market designed for school students:

Walking Tours of Melbourne also run organized tours The Cemetery at the Queen Victoria Market:

Market Blues in schools

Comments from teachers about Market Blues in the classroom:

  • 'Market Blues' is a compelling story set in two contrasting time periods that perfectly complements our City Program which looks at the history and growth of Melbourne. It is an easily accessible novel for our Year 9 students, broken into manageable chapters, which also form the basis for our short story unit. The characters in the novel face realistic and sometimes painful decisions about families, money, and moral issues, allowing students to evaluate the choices characters like Sam Sullivan make. 'Market Blues' has been an ideal text for providing a realistic and relevant study of people, places, and the changes that arise from them

    Hamish Curry, City Campus Co-ordinator Eltham College