Teaching Notes and Units of Work

Teachers’ Notes are available for many Penguin and Puffin titles, across all year levels.

In addition to teachers’ notes, we now offer complete units of work to accompany a number of titles suitable for use in years 7 to 11. These units provide teachers and students with a focused study of the novel with the emphasis placed on one or two themes and a range of activities, complete with essay questions and assessment tools. Each unit includes a summary of the plot, the objectives of the unit, focus themes, activities, assessment and further reading. These notes and units can be used for literature circles, guided reading, book clubs and class novel studies.

To find teachers’ notes and units of work for our titles, simply visit penguin.com.au and enter the name of the title into the search bar on the top right hand side. Click on the title (not the eBook version) and on the catalogue page for the chosen title, in the top left hand corner you will see an option for downloading our teachers’ notes, or unit of work, if one of these options is available.

Below, we have listed just some of our notes and units as suitable for Primary or Secondary and suitability for use in the Australian Curriculum’s Cross Curricula Priorities. This section will be updated regularly, so please do check in when you can to see what is new.

Notes may be printed out and used for preparation of classroom discussion and activities; however they remain copyright Penguin Books Australia and may not be redistributed or posted to other networks without prior permission from the publisher. If there is a Penguin or Puffin title that we have not created notes for, but you would like to use, please feel free to leave us a request in the comments section.


The Treasure Box

Andy Roid and the Superhuman Secret

Do You Dare? Bushranger’s Boys 1841

The Silver Donkey 

Indigenous and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures

Our Australian Girl – Meet Poppy  

Asia and Australia’s Relationship with Asia

Wicked Warriors and Evil Emperors: The True Story of the Fight for Ancient China


Things a Map Won’t Show You 

The First Third 



Indigenous and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures

Born to Run

Deadly Unna?

Bye, Beautiful

Asia and Australia’s Relationship with Asia

Mao’s Last Dancer


Year of the Tiger

Chinese Cinderella 

The Reluctant Fundamentalist

A Country Too Far 

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4 Responses to Teaching Notes and Units of Work

  1. Tracey Cresnar says:

    Would live a teaching unit on Two Hands Together By Diana Kidd

  2. Roslyn Rush says:

    A teaching unit on “A Cautionary Tail” by Erica Harrison would be amazing. I have recommended this book for ‘literacy enrichment’ to many teachers.

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