I have just finished studying Extinction 1 with my Year Five Class. I always enjoy reading novels and studying their unique features but this was the first time I have ever used one of my own books as the novel. Our wonderful school librarian purchased a class set of the books and presented them to me. It was then up to me to write a set of teacher’s notes and activities to go with them. This was easy, as I had the inside scoop on the author’s purpose, the themes, character motivations, etc. I had all the answers. But rather than just know the answers to each and every question that my class could throw at me, I was able to share early drafts and deleted scenes of the novel with them. I could discuss the editorial process, the fermentation of my ideas, the research I did and where the names of my characters and places came from. I could even tell them hilarious stories of how I had to actually test whether it was indeed possible to slip on sanitised hand gel if it was spilt on a linoleum floor (like Dr Sinclair did in Ghost Crab Cove hospital). My class especially loved reading the deleted scenes. It was a bit like watching the extras on a DVD, complete with director’s commentary.
So if you want to read some of these deleted scenes, click on the Teacher’s Notes – Extinction tab at the top of the home page. Perhaps you could get some ideas from there if ever you are asked to do a book report on one of your favourite books (which I hope may be Extinction!) And teachers, if you’re looking for an action/adventure novel to read with your class, the teacher’s notes are very comprehensive. So check them out . . .