LOCKIE LEONARD: HUMAN TORPEDO
A simile is when one thing is compared to something else, using the words
like or as.
Examples: “Phillip sang like a cat in a blender.” (p.27)
“The old family Falcon had been loaded down like a refugee
“Old Squasher was built like a rainwater tank – tall, round, fat
and corrugated.” (p.17)
This technique is used by good writers to add interest to their writing.
Similes help the reader to picture clearly in their mind what the writer is
Tim Winton uses lots of similes in his novel Lockie Leonard: Human
Torpedo. These images create humour and also allow the reader to see,
hear, smell, taste or feel what is being described in a vivid and interesting
1. Write down three similes from the novel, which appeal to you and
create a clear or funny picture in your mind. Remember to use
inverted commas around your quotations and to write the page
number the simile can be found on.
2. Choose your favourite simile and create an illustrated poster.
Include the quote from the novel, the page number and an
YOU WILL BE ASSESSED ON YOUR ABILITY TO ACCURATELY IDENTIFY A
SIMILIE AND YOUR CREATIVE AND ACCURATE PRESENTATION OF IT.
TASK 2:Write an essay that discusses this statement: “Lockie Leonard
and Vicki Streeton are typical teenagers.”
You need to think about what a “typical” teenager is like and then
compare each character to the typical teen.
Next, you need to decide on four to six aspects of being a teenager
to organise your points under. Examples: Relationships with parents
& family, peers and other adults; behaviour; beliefs & attitudes;
way of speaking; clothes & fashion.
Thirdly, make points about each character under the 4 to 6
headings upon above. Use quotes and examples from the novel to
support your point of view.
Lastly, write up your points into sentences and paragraphs.
All you need to do now is write an introduction and a conclusion!
SOUNDS LIKE FEELS LIKE
TASK 3: Choose activities from the table below to make up a minimum of 5
Applying & Create the interior design of a character’s bedroom
Analysing and explain your choice.
Classify the characters as sterotyped or non-
2 points stereotyped and provide information about how and
why they are or aren’t stereotyped.
Re-write a scene to show a different point of view.
Make up a dictionary of slang words used in the novel.
Include a word for each letter of the alphabet, a
definition and the sentence the words appears in the
Evaluating Imagine the novel has been made into a musical.
& Creating Design the CD cover (front & back) showing title,
author, songs, artists and appropriate illustrations.
3 points Write an article about Tim Winton and why he wrote
Write a letter to Tim Winton explaining what you
like/dislike about the novel.
Choose a character or event you didn’t like and
If you have enjoyed reading Lockie Leonard: Human Torpedo, you might
like to read the sequels: Lockie Leonard: Scumbuster and Lockie Leonard:
Legend. Or you might like to read The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged
12¾ by Sue Townsend. These books are all available in the school library.