Week 2: A good author gets into the mind of his characters.
The man who arrives on the island is a nobody. We don't where he is from, or how he came to be on the mysterious island. We don't even know his name.
The information gaps in this story are seemingly waiting to be filled and drama and imaginative discussion are the key ways to deepen and shape a child's understanding of the man and his situation.
This week's workshop explored the man's origins. How has he come to arrive on this island on his flimsy little raft? He's an escaped prisoner! A castaway! A fisherman swept out to see! A man on a secret mission! He is a refugee from a war-torn land! He was sent away like Moses in a basket! He is simply searching for a new, better life!
We then used hot-seating and interviews to develop these ideas with the children playing the exhausted, weary man just after his arrival.
One question leads to another... Where did the raft come from? What was it like at sea? How did you survive? What do you think will happen to you now? These are questions just waiting to be answered...