The Whale Rider
by Witi Ihimaera
Lesson plans and teaching resources
This unit plan includes a study guide and answers, a Jeopardy-style game (requires MS-Powerpoint or compatible application), other projects, tests, and an extension activity connecting Antigone with The Whale Rider .
to the 10-14 age group
The analysis here focuses on the 2002 film version. Many of the observations also apply to the novel.
These teaching resources emphasize the film version. Included: synopsis, glossary of Maori words, discussion questions and extended learning projects based on 4 themes. 13 pages; Adobe Reader required.
: A film and gender unit for Stage 5 English
A variety of approaches to the film. Access to this 5-page document requires MS-Word or compatible application.
The Whale Rider
Reading Skills and Strategies. Access requires Adobe Reader.
Background information, character summary, vocabulary words.
Prologue - Chapter 7
Practice with summarizing, vocabulary, predicting.
Chapters 8 - 13
Graphic organizer for making predictions. Page 2: practice with synonyms.
Chapters 14 - 21
Graphic organizers for making inferences, practice with word analogies, extending the novel (problem solving) question.
Point of View
Graphic organizer for practice with first- and third-person point of view.
Graphic organizer to gather details about the setting.
Graphic organizer to gather details/evidence from the text about each character.
Whole-Novel Discussion and Activities
7 discussion questions and 2 post-reading activities.
Multiple Choice Test
: A Teacher Resource for Class Cinema Viewing
This resource focuses on the film version and offers lots of suggestions for discussion. This 4-page document requires Adobe Reader or compatible application for access.