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Learning task 2: The Death of Ben Hall

Read the ballad "The Death of Ben Hall" (School Journal 1991 Pt 4 No. 3)

  • What do you think this poem is about?
  • What have you found out about a ballad?
  • Who were the main characters in this poem?
  • How would you describe Ben Hall?
  • How did the author describe Mike Connolly?
  • Find examples of metaphors, similes, other images that have impact.

Writers have many ways of making words come alive. Look for them in the ballad "Ben Hall". List the language (simile, metaphor, alliteration, onomatopoeia, personification, repetition) that has been used to describe Ben Hall/Mike Connolly/the bushrangers. Share with class.

Map/timeline the various stages in the plot to arrest Ben Hall.

Design a "wanted" poster using verbal and visual features appropriate to the time and setting of this poem.

In groups select, prepare and rehearse part of this poem to present to the class. Decide whether you will use props and what they might be.

Read other ballads, narrative poems and compare - in what ways are they the same/different?

Updated on: 16 Apr 2018