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About Novel Notes

Sample books

Reading Zone Novel Notes is a series of teacher's resources to accompany popular novels used in Irish classrooms.

Each of the Novel Notes is a downloadable PDF that includes the following:

  • A synopsis of the novel
  • A short biography of the author
  • Curriculum objectives and learning outcomes
  • Cross-curricular links
  • Suggestions for classroom work
  • Pre-reading activities
  • Comprehension activity sheets
  • A book report sheet

Story Treks

Novel Notes Story Treks use Google Earth to explore the landscape of the novel. Story Treks link the novel to the real world, through pinning key locations from the story to the virtual globe.

Each location is accompanied by additional information, images, and weblinks, to bring the story to life.

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Story Treks

What are Story Treks?

Novel Notes Story Treks are an interactive journey through key locations in the novel. Using Google Earth, each Story Trek brings the reader on a guided tour of the real-world environment featured in the novel, creating an engaging literary experience.

Using Story Treks

You can choose to play the Story Trek as a guided tour or use it as an interactive experience, where you can zoom in and explore each location.

Using Google Earth display options, you decide how to view each location whether as satellite imagery, 3D models, ground level or street view.

To use Novel Notes Story Treks, download and install Google Earth:

What is Google Earth?

Google Earth is a free programme that uses satellite imagery, aerial photography, 3D modelling, and geographical data to create an interactive, virtual view of the Earth.

For further information and help with using Google Earth, see the Google Earth website.