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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  • Al Capsella and the Watchdogs

    Al Capsella and the Watchdogs

    By Judith Clarke

    Al is nearly sixteen - a very dangerous age according to Mrs Capsella and the other mothers. Known to Al and his friends as the Watchdogs, they stalk the suburbs, ever alert to the perils of parties and other suspect activities.

    pdf-logoDownload Teaching guide for Al Capsella and the Watchdogs from O'Brien Teaching Guides for Second Level Schools.

  • Friend of my Heart

    Friend of my Heart

    By Judith Clarke

    Daz is in love with Valentine O'Leary, the biggest pig in Mimosa High School. Her brother William is in love with a girl he's never spoken to. Eleanor Wand, the music teacher, is in love with the headmaster …

    pdf-logoDownload Teaching guide for Friend of my Heart from O'Brien Teaching Guides for Second Level Schools.

  • Katie's War

    Katie's War

    By Aubrey Flegg

    Caught in the Irish Civil War, Katie has divided loyalties: her shell-shocked father fought in the First World War and wants peace, but others still want to fight for a united Ireland.

    pdf-logoDownload Teaching guide from O'Brien Teaching Guides Collection 3

    pdf-logoDownload Teaching guide from O'Brien Teaching Guides Collection 3

  • The Cinnamon Tree

    The Cinnamon Tree

    A Novel Set in Africa
    By Aubrey Flegg

    Yola's leg is blown off by a landmine and her life in Africa is changed forever. She travels to Ireland for an artificial limb, and her adventures continue.

    pdf-logoDownload Teaching guide for The Cinnamon Tree from O'Brien Teaching Guides for Second Level Schools.

  • The Rainbow Bridge

    The Rainbow Bridge

    By Aubrey Flegg

    Book 2: The Louise Trilogy
    In another time and another country, the portrait of Louise Eeden continues to influence the lives of all it touches.

    pdf-logoDownload Teaching guide to the book by Gillian Perdue

  • Wings over Delft

    Wings over Delft

    By Aubrey Flegg

    When her father commissions a famous artist to paint her portrait, Louise Eeden reluctantly agrees. In the studio Louise unexpectedly finds freedom to be herself. But someone has been watching her every move...

    pdf-logoDownload Teaching guide to the novel by Liz Morris

  • Finding A Voice

    Finding A Voice

    Friendship is a Two-Way Street ...
    By Kim Hood

    Shortlisted for the Bookseller YA Prize 2015!

    Jo can’t tell anyone how hard it is living with her mentally ill mother. Chris literally has no way to speak at all.  Together, can they finally find their voices?

    pdf-logoDownload Teaching guide to the book by Peter Heaney

  • Plain Jane

    Plain Jane

    When does being stuck become ... unstuck?
    By Kim Hood

    At nearly 16, Jane has lived in the shadow of her little sister Emma’s cancer diagnosis for over three years. Nobody really cares that her life is stuck in neutral; she is finding it difficult to care herself ...

    pdf-logoDownload Teaching guide to the book by Peter Heaney

  • Into the Grey

    Into the Grey

    By Celine Kiernan

    "The scream was awful - a horrible desolate cry…the child led my unresisting brother up the path and further into the tangled garden. Out of my sight." A gripping thriller, featuring possession, war and the creeping terror of The Grey for Patrick, a fifteen-year-old out of his depth.

    pdf-logoDownload Teaching guide to the book by Peter Heaney

  • Epic

    Epic

    By Conor Kostick

    #WELCOME TO EPIC: PRESS START TO PLAY#.

    On New Earth, Epic is not just a computer game, it's a matter of life and death. If you lose, you lose everything; if you win, the world is yours for the taking.

    pdf-logoDownload Teaching resources by Ms Tara-Lynn Walker, Franklin Middle School, NJ: classroom questions, character design, post-reading activities

    pdf-logoDownload Teaching guide to the book, written by the author, Conor Kostick

  • Dancing in the Dark

    Dancing in the Dark

    By P.R. Prendergast

    Part of a dance team who have turned from friends to enemies. Dealing with her dead brother’s ghost -- things sure aren't easy for Jessie! Her brother James -- sports star, popular kid, and apple of her parents' eyes -- has died in an accident, leaving Jessie to cope with her parents, classmates and stagefright.

    pdf-logoDownload Teaching guide to the book by Peter Heaney

  • The Butterfly Shell

    The Butterfly Shell

    By Maureen White

    Marie is hurting. Between the mean girls tormenting her by day and a ghostly cry waking her at night, her first year at secondary school was far from what she had expected. But Marie is now writing her story, the story of a very strange year and a very special shell which was found in a most unexpected place.

    pdf-logoDownload Teaching Guide to the book by Peter Heaney


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