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Shaun Tan’s The Lost Thing is an excellent book for the secondary or upper-primary classroom, exploring ideas of alienation, belonging and individuality. This set of resources is a valuable aid in deconstructing the text, especially for a high-school audience.

This set of resources includes:

  • A general worksheet (4 pages) with a range of comprehension and analysis questions on ideas, symbols and visual representation in the book. One of these pages is a close study of The Lost Thing’s new home (the sideways page in the book)
  • A worksheet on themes in the book (2 pages)
  • A presentation on how Tan has appropriated a famous Australian painting for one of his images, with questions and activities to compare the two images

Both worksheets are included in Word and pdf formats to ensure compatibility.

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