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Patrick Ness

Language: English
Genre: Drama, Family, Fantasy, Identity
Age group: 12-14, 15-18

Popular children's author Patrick Ness discusses his novel More Than This and speaks about the importance of Young Adult fiction.

A full transcript of this event is available to download below. You can also download a range of learning activities related to Patrick's books below.

If you only do one thing

We know time is tight, so here is just one activity you could do with your class before or after watching the broadcast.

We have also produced a resource full of learning activities related to many of Patrick's book, including More Than This, the Chaos Walking series and A Monster Calls. This resource is available to download below.

Empty world EXA 3-14a, EXA 4-14a

In More Than This the main character wakes up in an apparently empty world. How would you feel if you woke up to find you were the only person on earth? Divide pupils into groups and give each group three envelopes, one marked 'character', one with 'location' and one with 'the last thing you remember'. Each of these envelopes should contain a different description of a character, a strangely empty location and the last thing they remember before they woke up here. Ask pupils to discuss their scenario and share it with the group.

As an extension activity, you can ask pupils to then create and perform a piece of drama which includes all of the information they have been given.

For shorter clips from this event please visit the BBC Scotland Learning website(this will open in a new window).

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