Teaching Guides for O'Brien Press Books


TeachingGuides.gif O'Brien Press Teaching Guides are valuable classroom assets offering specific Professional Development support to guided reading in the classroom.

All O'Brien Press Teaching Guides are available exclusively online, and can be accessed and downloaded FREE of charge.

Teaching Guides provide a valuable resource to teachers including:

  • Overviews of the major themes addressed in O'Brien Press novels
  • Section summaries
  • Suggestions for development activities
  • Advice for themed integration across the curriculum, and much more

This support will facilitate planning and provide the teacher with the necessary concise overview to allow them to incorporate this element of literacy into a wider cross curriculum theme based approach to curriculum planning and delivery.


Please select the age level that you are interested in to get a list of available activity sheets and teaching ideas.

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  • Gaelic Spirit

    Gaelic Spirit

    Field of Dreams ... Home of History
    By Gerard Siggins

    With no rugby over the summer, sports-mad Eoin Madden and his friends head to Ormondstown GAA club to get involved in hurling and football. Some local bullies spoil things a bit -- but when the ghosts of Brian Hanrahan and Michael Hogan appear, it's clear there is something more sinister brewing.

    pdf-logoDownload Teaching guide to the book by Peter Heaney

  • Blazing a Trail

    Blazing a Trail

    Irish Women Who Changed the World
    Written by Sarah Webb, Illustrated by Lauren O'Neill

    Salute the remarkable Irish women who changed history in this beautifully illustrated book. From Irish women who made changes in Ireland to those who made changes abroad. From adventurers to inventors; explorers to warriors; from designers to writers; rebel leaders to presidents, this book is a true celebration of Irish Women.

    pdf-logoDownload Teaching guide to the book by Nicola Heaney

  • Dare to Dream

    Dare to Dream

    Irish People Who Took on the World (and Won!)
    Written by Sarah Webb, Illustrated by Graham Corcoran

    Adventurers, explorers, inventors, dreamers: for a small country Irish people have had a huge impact internationally, from helping street children in India, to saving Jewish children during World War II and exploring new worlds. From Michael Collins to Rosie Hackett, Lady Gregory to Tom Crean.

    pdf-logoDownload Teaching guide to the book by Nicola Heaney


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