8 Reasons to Study Black Cockatoo (Magabala 2018)

February 8, 2022

8 Reasons to Study Black Cockatoo by Carl Merrison and Hakea Hustler

Are you a teacher in a mainstream school Grade 4-6? A teacher of First Nations students in a rural or remote outback classroom? A teacher of low literacy Grade 7 or 8? Black Cockatoo (Magabala 2018) could be the perfect text for whole class study, small group reading rotations or as independent reading.

So why choose Black Cockatoo? 

  1. Black Cockatoo won the CBCA Honour Book and was shortlisted in Readings Book Prize, ABiA Awards, Queensland Literary Award and Speech Pathology Book of the Year.
  2. Include a book by diverse author/s with diverse characters in your classroom- Black Cockatoo is a text written by First Nations author, Carl Merrison, with his partner Hakea Hustler and includes characters from remote outback First Nations communities.
  3. Links to the Australian Curriculum- Cross Curriculum Priorities-Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures.
  4. All the hard work is done for you! Access free, comprehensive and differentiated teaching resources available for download.
  5. Black Cockatoo is a short novella with lots of deep issues that you can delve deeper into for investigation. It is very accessible by low literacy students- but allows for extension of high ability students.
  6. Black Cockatoo is a great companion text with other texts such as: The Rabbits, Sorry Day, Two Ways Strong: Jaz’s Story, Binna Binna Man. You can find great First Nations companion texts at Magabala Books.
  7. A range of addition books will be coming out by the authors over the next few years- so if your students love this book they can move onto the next one written by the same authors very soon! Tracks of the Missing (a YA suspense thriller- think Aussie Goosebumps will be out April 2022) and My Deadly Boots (a picture book about footy and finding your identity will be released Sept 2022).
  8. Join the many other teachers that are teaching the text around Australia.

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