Keas Go to Court

play by Darlene Thompson , Illustrated by Andrew Joyner

Learning intention:

I am learning to share my thoughts and opinions with my peers and listen to them so that I can respectfully discuss ideas with others.


Success criteria:

  • I can form my own opinions about the events of the story
  • I can share my ideas with my peers
  • I can listen to the thoughts of others and consider if that influences my own feelings.


Split the class into groups of eight or adjust as necessary and assign roles to each member of the group. Groups should then read the play aloud together. Within the groups, students should discuss the following questions and points, ensuring that all members have a chance to share their answers or opinions.

  • Identify the arguments the keas used in their defence (they are inquisitive by nature, they have strong beaks that should be used, they are a protected species)
  • Do you agree with their reasons?
  • Do you agree with the judge’s ruling? Why / why not?
  • Would you deliver a different consequence if you were the judge?
  • What do you think happened next?
  • Did they destroy the judge’s chair?
  • If so, was there a further consequence?
  • Did they fly back to their homeland and attack the farmer’s new equipment?


Groups should conclude by reflecting on their discussion and considering if the points of other group members influenced their own opinions or ideas in any way. If time allows, come back together as a whole class and discuss the answers and opinions that resulted from group discussions.