Comprehensive Teaching Materials
Detention: A comprehensive teaching resource that covers the key themes of refugee experiences and statelessness as well as class, privilege, empathy, compassion, family relationships and human rights. The book is being picked up for stage four study (years 7 & 8) but it’s suitable for readers 10+. Here’s what teacher-librarian and blogger Megan Daley, Children’s Books Daily, has said about the book. Her year 7 students are studying it in term 4 this year.
‘Detention is a raw and authentic exploration of human connection. An unlikely union, Dan and Sima are confronted with some life-altering decisions as they are thrown into a very dangerous situation. The novel challenges readers to think about the complexities of a world that deems what is ‘moral’ and what is ‘legal’ as being polar opposites. It is affirming in its representation of a younger generation able to grapple with such contradiction and to stand up for what is right, and leaves readers with a sense of optimism that things might change. Tristan’s writing is gripping, his characters all-too real and his symbolic use of the Australian landscape is a powerful weapon he wields to make his readers look more closely at the world around them. In the classroom context, Detention is ideal for study in the 12-14 year age range. It has strong ties to the Australian Curriculum and its contemporary themes add a level of connection for both students and staff which will lead to discussion, debate and analysis.’ More…
The Fall: Teaching notes filled with insights into the inspiration, personal stories and filmic imagery in the novel. Activities around key themes including resilience, rites of passage, family relationships and dealing with difficult emotions. Worksheets to help students with story structure and creating narrative drive in their writing.
Two Wolves: Comprehensive teaching notes for this tense middle-grade novel (age 10-14) exploring morality, self-perception, the power of Nature and the slipperiness of truth. Curriculum Areas: Literacy, Critical and Creative Thinking, Ethical Understanding.
On the Run (US edition of Two Wolves): Comprehensive teaching notes for this tense middle-grade novel (age 10-14) exploring morality, self-perception, the power of Nature and the slipperiness of truth. Curriculum Areas: Literacy, Critical and Creative Thinking, Ethical Understanding.
Tom Weekly series: These teaching notes are packed with fun, engaging creative writing ideas for the classroom. They give insight into the writing of a story in the first book in the series, My Life & Other Stuff I Made Up and a storystarter for students to create their own work. They’re formatted, designed and illustrated for activities to be projected directly onto the smartboard.
Mac Slater, Coolhunter series: These notes and activities look at issues relating to consumerism, creativity, individuality, environmental awareness.
Galactic Adventures: First Kids in Space: Space travel, web 2.0, space science, book trailers and don’t forget the non-fiction section and quiz at the back of the book.
Change the World in Five Minutes Every Day at School: The notes for this world-changing SBS series contain fun and inspiring ideas for delivering lessons on community action, environmental issues and how students can make their own films on issues that they care about. You can watch the film here.
Writing Tips for Kids Videos
Check out my series of free 1-2 minute Writing Tips videos for the classroom or the keen kid writer.
Author Talks in Schools
One of the most enjoyable parts of my job is speaking about storytelling and creativity. I run workshops and talks about my books at festivals, conferences and schools in Australia and around the world, hopefully inspiring kids, teens and adults to read and create.
NSW and VICTORIA
OTHER STATES / INTERNATIONAL
For information and availability on other interstate and international school / library talks and workshops, you are best emailing me here.