Teacher Resources

Welcome to the Kaye Kessing / Bilby’s Ring Teacher Resource page. This science-based native animal adventure story is a ‘quest’ narrative, ideal for school years 4 to 7.

With rich and detailed descriptions of Australian habitats and their inhabitants (both native and feral), a broad geography of Australia traversed from west to east, exciting attack, escape and resolution events, Bilby’s Ring also offers a view of humans as an ‘other’ species. These make it an ideal teaching text in the areas of English, Geography and Biological Science, with entry points into many areas of the Australian Curriculum.

Teacher Resource Notes with curriculum links are provided by Dr Bronwyn Parkin, University of Adelaide (SA), School of Humanities (Linguistics); synopses and other writing by Kaye Kessing, author/illustrator. Read a sample here.

Front and back covers of the Bilby's Ring books

Teacher resources for the Bilby’s Ring Trilogy

Each book in the Bilby’s Ring Trilogy has an accompanying teacher resource pack containing:

  • Teacher Resource Notes and Synopses for that book (26, 26 & 28 pages respectively)
  • Bilby’s Ring Reports of The Five heroes for students (5 pages)
  • Why I Chose The Five – Kaye Kessing as researcher (2 pages)
  • How I Wrote Bilby’s Ring – Kaye Kessing as author (2 pages)
  • How I Illustrated Bilby’s Ring – Kaye Kessing as illustrator (1 page)
  • How We Published Bilby’s Ring – Kaye Kessing as publisher (2 pages)
  • How We Launched Bilby’s Ring – available soon
    (3 pages)

Book 1 Out Of The Spinifex Teaching Suggestions (English)

  • Includes the building and maintaining of suspense, and the use of description from a particular stance to develop character.

Book 2 Across A Great Wide Land Teaching Suggestions (English)

  • Includes the development and maintenance of a complication (problem) and the management of its resolution.

Book 3 Into The Bowels Of The Biggest City Teaching Suggestions (English)

  • Includes the complexity of response to a complication and the use of reflection or evaluation to ‘wrap up’, or conclude, a story.
BILBY’S RING Book 1 Out Of The Spinifex Download
BILBY’S RING Book 2 Across A Great Wide Land Download
BILBY’S RING Book 3 Into The Bowels Of The Biggest City Download
BILBY’S RING Reports Download

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3 maps from the Bilby's Ring series, available to download

Bilby's Ring maps

The map of the journey for each book, suitable for interactive whiteboard use.

Download here

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A Great Battle worksheets showing the poster with annotations

A Great Battle worksheets

Species ID and information worksheets for photocopying or download. Originally from the back of Kaye Kessing’s A GREAT BATTLE poster – which depicts, in fantasy style, the on-going struggle between native and introduced animals in Australia.

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Sample worksheets available in the download pack

Feral Map worksheets

Species ID and information worksheets for photocopying or download. Originally from the back of Kaye Kessing’s detailed, cartoon-style, feral animal distribution map of Australia.

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