CONSPIRACIES
LOYALTY AND BETRAYAL
IDENTITY AND INDIVIDUALITY
CULTURAL IDENTITY
TECHNOLOGY AND PRIVACY
WEALTH AND POWER
100

Design a fi tness test the Global Child Initiative could administer to students. Include instructions, a list of equipment and diagrams to illustrate each exercise or task

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100

‘“I know we’re all tired and hungry. But we’ll never make it if we don’t work as a team.”’ Loyalty and cooperation are essential to enabling characters to survive in the novel. In what ways do the characters display loyalty to each other?

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100

Dru and Kal are identical twins yet they have extremely different personalities. What are the main differences between them?

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100

Discuss the ways Indian culture underpins events in the novel. Would you have enjoyed the series as much if this element was not there?

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100

‘“Phones can be hacked. We don’t want people listening to our conversations, hijacking the camera or tracking us.”’  In what ways does technology help the characters in the series? In what ways is it used against them?

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100

‘“She’s Emma Ainsworth, and seems to be the brains behind Infinity Group. She’s a billionaire, and she’s got, like, twenty other billionaires chucking in money.”’ ‘Plutocracy’ is a word which means rule or power held by the wealthy. Discuss the ways that the rich can exercise power in the world today; for instance, control of the media, government influence etc.

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200

Can a conspiracy ever be about something positive, or is the goal usually negative; for instance, to hide or betray?

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200

Think particularly about the way Kal and Dru need to work together to stop Dru being detected.

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200

At fi rst, Kal and Jacob seem to have little in common, but as the story progresses, they become closer, with Kal giving Jacob a Wanderers scarf. Have you ever made friends with someone who at fi rst seemed very different to you?

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200

Discuss the ways different characters in the book respond to the Sharmas’ Indian culture; for instance, Chloe embracing Indian food and Regan responding with disgust.

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200

When Dru and Kal are unable to use their mobile phones because they fear they might be monitored, they use their old walkie-talkies to communicate with instead. Make a list of technology that you use in an average week. 

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200

Look up the top 5 wealthiest individuals in Australia Create a chart or graph showing their wealth in relation to the average Australian.

1. Gina Rinehart (AUD$32.64 Billion)

2. Andrew Forrest (AUD$31.77 Billion)

3. Anthony Pratt & Family (AUD$27.77Billion)

4. Mike Cannon-Brookes (AUD$26.20 Billion)

5. Scott Farquhar (AUD$25.99 Billion)

300

Why do you think people often believe in conspiracy theories? Can a conspiracy theory ever be correct?

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300

‘“You think the Unlisted have put Bua in danger?” he asked. “What if it’s the other way around?”’ Working in groups, make a list of characters in the book and divide them into those you trust, those you don’t trust and those you’re unsure about.

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300

What qualities does each twin have that prove useful to them in the story? Are there any qualities which create complications?

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300

Plan a Multicultural Day celebration for your school, with activities and food from around the world.

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300

When Dru and Kal are unable to use their mobile phones because they fear they might be monitored, they use their old walkie-talkies to communicate with instead. Now, imagine that you had to do without them: what are some things that you could use or do instead?

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300

Look up the top 5 wealthiest individuals in the world. Create a chart or graph showing their wealth in relation to the average Australian.

1. Elon Musk. Net Worth: $224 billion

2. Jeff Bezos. Net Worth: $144 billion

3. Bernard Arnault Net Worth: $136 billion

4. Bill Gates. Net Worth: $123 billion

5. Warren Buffett. Net Worth: $114 billion

400

As a class, brainstorm a list of steps you can take to evaluate whether a belief is credible or not;

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400

For each of the characters you trust, discuss what the consequences might be if they proved disloyal.

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400

‘Regan … competed with Kal in sport and against Dru in all things academic. Dru could ignore her but she infuriated Kal. Regan and Kal were both hyper-competitive and natural leaders and just rubbed each other up the wrong way.’ What similarities do you see between other characters in the novel? Do these similarities draw them together – for instance, Jacob and Kal’s mutual enthusiasm for the Wanderers – or pit them against each other?

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400

‘Chloe and Dadi set to work with the vibrantly coloured powder, Chloe putting in maximum effort. Chloe always volunteered to make the rangoli, she loved focussing on the patterns and making sure the lines didn’t smudge.’ Look at examples of rangoli on the internet then create your own rangoli designs.

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400

‘“Looks like they’re tracking us – biometric stats, locations, everything.”’ What sort of information do governments and organisations keep on individuals in our society today?  What are the advantages of maintaining this type of information? Are there any risks or drawbacks?

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400

Design a pamphlet for Infinity Group aimed at recruiting new billionaires to the organisation. Consider your use of persuasive language techniques such as imperatives/commands, descriptive language, bias/subjective language, hyperbole/exaggeration and statistics.

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500

Research a conspiracy theory and create a table listing the evidence for and against it.

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500

‘He turned to Kal and said quietly, “You were in the dream this time … I think Aunty Maya was the dentist.”’ Dru learns from his dream book, ‘To dream of the dentist means an untrustworthy presence is about to enter your life.’ How does Dru’s dream relate to events in the book?

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500

What qualities became pivotal in the story?

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500

Tell us the recipe of the Indian dish that makes your mouth water.

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500

Are there occasions when it’s acceptable for an individual’s privacy to be interfered with? Discuss.

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500

Design a pamphlet against Infinity Group aimed at revealing the truth on their activities. Consider your use of persuasive language techniques such as imperatives/commands, descriptive language, bias/subjective language, hyperbole/exaggeration and statistics.

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