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Learning task 1: Reading about journeys

Read a selection of texts featuring journeys undertaken for different reasons.

As well as describing a physical journey from one place to another, the journeys in several of these texts have an emotional or mental dimension where the writer's memories and thoughts are important in the retelling of the journey.


  • Heemi by Hone Tuwhare
  • Bus Journey South Hone Tuwhare
  • Maintrunk Country Road Song by Sam Hunt
  • The Odyssey Homer
  • Ulysses Alfred Lord Tennyson
  • The Rime of the Ancient Mariner Samuel Taylor Coleridge
  • Rambler Cilla McQueen
  • She's Leaving Home Lennon and McCartney
  • Approach to a City William Carlos Williams
  • Riversong Sam Hunt
  • Papa Tu A Nuku Hone Tuwhare
  • Going to Sleep With Words in My Head Keith Thorsen
  • The Road Barry Mitcalfe
  • Night Mail WH Auden
  • He Never Once Lost His Way Albert Wendt


  • Mark 11
  • Stand by Me

Non Fiction

  • Roald Dahl's autobiographies, Boy and Going Solo have some wonderful chapters involving journeys.

Short Stories

  • The Yellow Brick Road Witi Ihimaera
  • Through the Tunnel Doris Lessing
  • A Kind of Madness Philip Mincher
  • Beans Patricia Grace
  • When We Stopped Elizabeth Knox
  • Journey Patricia Grace


  • The Silver Sword by Ian Serraillier
  • The Call of the Wild Jack London
  • Walkabout James Vance Marshall
  • The Homecoming Cynthia Voigt
  • The Old Man and the Sea Earnest Hemmingway
  • Water in the Blood Alan Bunn
  • Gulliver's Travels Jonathan Swift
  • Among the Cinders Maurice Shadbolt
  • The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings JRR Tolkien
  • The Journey John Marsden
  • I Heard the Owl Call My Name Margaret Craven

Published on: 09 Jan 2018