Invisible Boys Teaching Notes

Holden Sheppard’s multi-award-winning novel for young adults, Invisible Boys, explores what it is like to grow up gay in an insular regional community.

Holden is a young adult author born and bred in Geraldton, Western Australia. His debut novel, Invisible Boys, won the 2018 City of Fremantle Hungerford Award and the 2017 Ray Koppe Residency Award, was Highly Commended in the 2018 ASA Emerging Writers’ Mentorship Prize, was made a CBCA Notable Book and shortlisted for a Victorian Premiers Prize. Holden is a Lifeline WA Ambassador who presents regularly at secondary schools throughout the country.

These comprehensive notes are for teachers looking to incorporate own voice stories into the classroom. Focusing on themes such as Sexuality, Masculinity, Identity, Belonging, Mental health and Suicide, the notes are designed to address the following curriculum outcomes:

Y10–12 English

Y10–12 Health and Physical Education (Mental Health and Wellbeing)

Creative writing exercises and an interview with the author are included.

Teaching notes are available from Freemantle Press here or via the download button below.



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