The Arrival Analysis: This webpage will provide an analysis of chapter 2 of the picture book, The Arrival. Other webpages will devote analysis to subsequent chapters of the The Arrival.The analysis webpages will outline, in detail, how to use The Arrival as a primary oral and written language intervention text.
The Arrival is a complex book with many themes to explore and requires maximal scaffolding for younger students. Some of the book's themes will be explored on this webpage.
Graphic Novel Format - The Arrival Analysis
The Arrival is a picture book that perhaps has more in common with the graphic novel format than classic picture book design. The book has no recognisable text. The story is instead propelled forward by Shaun Tan's highly detailed illustrations. The Arrival is the story of an immigrant family's journey to a strange country to forge a new and better life.
The story appears to be set sometime in late 19th and early 20th century, in what is essentially an alternate world. A world that is both familiar and yet has strong fantastical elements. According to Shaun Tan, many of the illustrations are based on photographs and autobiographical accounts of the mass immigration to countries such as the United States and Australia that occurred during the early to mid 20th century.
Please click on the links below to travel direct to the select passage.
The language resources blog is new information that is continually updated.
The language resources blog...
Free language activities that demonstrate shared reading strategies and are easy to use.
Sentence Builder Program: This is a free program that if followed correctly will enable your students to learn sentence building skills and noun verb agreement.
Speech Language Products: The products on this page are user friendly and have been designed to fully engage your students with gorgeous illustrations and engaging activities.
Inferencing Activities: Get ready to build your students' inference and thinking skills with this practical approach to teaching this vital comprehension skill.
Working memory strategies; In this downloadable ebook you will find many user-friendly strategies to help students in your classroom attend to instructions and written assignments.
Writing Tips: Letter reversals are a common problem with beginner writers which can be eliminated with visual supports.
Low priced, and free, quality, speech-language resources and information about language and literacy difficulties - created by a school based speech-language pathologist.
Interrupting Chicken Review: Little red chicken can't wait to hear the end of fairy tales.
Possum Magic Review: Mem Fox's Possum Magic is a classic story set in the Australian book about an old possum who is great at casting invisibility spells.
The Arrival Analysis is a webpage devoted to providing a window into the complexity of Shaun Tan's classic, complex, wordless picture book.
The language intervention method used to access The Arrival's themes and topics is communicative reading strategies. CRS, or shared strategic reading, is a series of scaffolded techniques that are effective at making reading of text (or indeed, wordless picture books) a meaning making event, particularly for students who struggle to comprehend much of what they read.
CRS consists of a number of cueing strategies whereby a clinician engages students in a form of scaffolded dialogue which is centred on themes and events depicted in a storybook, often a picturebook. Cues that access print, illustrations, context, and prior knowledge are used in a systematic way to unlock a book's deeper meaning.
Please download the shared strategic reading cue examples to aid you when first using CRS.
The clinician begins the session by telling the student that they will read the first chapter of the Arrival together. Because the Arrival is a wordless book, the clinician and student spend the time slowly looking, in depth, at the illustrations in chapter one. The Arrival is about immigration. The following prestory discussion took place between the clincian and a ten year old student named Alex.
Clinician: "The Arrival is a graphic novel. Graphic novels tell a story often only with images and no text, as in this book. The pictures and the picture sequence tell the story, a little like a comic book."
The clinician places the prestory graphic organizer in front of Alex.
Clinician: "We're going to talk a little about the themes in this book. Probably the most important theme is the theme of immigration. Have you heard of immigration Alex?"
Alex: "I've heard the word. Don't know what it means."
Clinician: "Let's begin by looking up the word in a dictionary."
Alex, with some assistance, finds the word immigration in a dictionary. The dictionary states that immigration is 'to move to a country of which one is not a native in order to settle there.'
Clinician: "Immigration is about a person or people moving to another country to start a new life. I'd like you to write immigration in the top box please Alex."
Alex writes immigration in the top box on the prestory graphic organizer following a prompt from the clinician.