Teachers’ notes for my new novel Scar Town are now available here. The notes include an interview where I share the background and inspiration for the writing of the book, including images, video, music, maps, as well as creative writing tasks based on the story. The notes are useful for teachers using Scar Town for reading circles, in-class discussion, student book club and for keen readers wanting to dive deeper.
Below is an overview of the notes. Just click the images to go to the resources in full. Teachers are enjoying using the teaser-trailer and the free ebook chapters and audiobook chapters to share the book with students, too.
SCAR TOWN IS RECOMMENDED FOR
Upper primary and lower secondary (ages 1o or 11 to 14; years 5/6 to 9)
1. Plot summary
2. About the author
3. Author’s inspiration
4. Writing style
5. Key study topics
7. Further discussion points and activities
8. Further reading 13
KEY CURRICULUM AREAS
• Learning areas: English, Legal Studies • General capabilities: Critical and Creative Thinking; Literacy; Personal and Social Capability; Ethical Understanding
REASONS FOR STUDYING THIS BOOK
• Award-winning author Tristan Bancks brings readers another story with challenging moral and ethical dilemmas to explore. • A fast-paced and action-packed story with broad appeal for young readers. • Find out more from Tristan Bancks about the creative writing process and strategies and tips you can use to improve your own writing. THEMES • Friendship • Family • Loss • Ethical and moral dilemmas • Coping with death and uncertainty • Masculinity in remote regional towns • Childhood and what happens when it ends prematurely • Place, displacement and belonging • Dealing with loss and letting go • Guilt and shame • Secrets, mysteries
‘A taut and fraught fast-paced rollercoaster of hidden dangerous secrets, family betrayals, misplaced trust and the bonds of friendship that can sustain in the most terrible of circumstances … It’s a fabulous and thrilling journey this one, and readers will eat it up, just as I did over just one night’s binge-read … Highly recommended for readers from upper primary upwards.’
– Sue Warren, Teacher-Librarian / Blogger, Just So Stories
Read more Scar Town reviews here.