Activity Introduction

Look around you – do you think you know every nook and cranny of the space you’re in? Or might you be able to see it from a new angle? The best travel writers bring a scene, a place or a person alive for us. In this activity, you’ll do that too – except you’ll be writing about a place you know very well – your own home.

This is a good activity for kids to complete independently.

Ideal for: Lower Secondary, Upper Secondary

Themes: 

  • think and connect 

Time required: 30 minutes

Curriculum connections: English, Critical and Creative Thinking

Lesson & Curriculum Details

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Learning@Home from Cool Australia

Learning@Home resources are designed for parents and teachers to use with children in the home environment. They can be used as stand-alone activities or built into existing curriculum-aligned learning programs. Our Learning@Home series includes two types of resources. The first are fun and challenging real-world activities for all ages, the second are self-directed lessons for upper primary and secondary students. These lessons support independent learning in remote or school settings.

Cool Australia’s curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum.

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Student Worksheet

Travel Writing From Home - Activity Instructions

Look around you - do you think you know every nook and cranny of the space you’re in? Or might you be able to see it from a new angle? The best travel writers bring a scene, a place or a person alive for us. In this activity, you’ll do that too - except you’ll be writing about a place you know very well - your own home.

Part A: Travel Writing... From Your Home

Step 1. Read the below extract from ‘Another Life in Paris, thanks to Airbnb’ (https://www.thesaturdaypaper.com.au/2014/10/03/another-life-paris-thanks-airbnb/14122957881047), which was written from inside a home (and is completely set inside that home). 

“It’s summer in the 19th arrondissement and the smell of rotisserie chicken is wafting up from the street below. I’m five plane trips and three oceans from home, and my host has the exact same Ikea blanket that adorns my bed in Melbourne’s inner-east.

'Out here, this is the real Paris,' the housemate tells me over a buttere

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