I started writing text books in early 1997 and I am just completing the 15th. In case that seems like an inordinate amount of work let me explain that I don't write all or even most of the textbooks. They are group productions. Below is an excerpt from a unit I wrote for Impact English One (year 7s). The cover picture features to the left. Clicking on the thumbnail will reveal a larger image (eventually). This book, like most of the texts I've produced, was published by Nelson Thomson Learning
From Unit 15 - A Pool in the Sand
My name is Aden
and I live by the sea. My father fishes for a living and I have no mother.
The sea took her one stormy day and, though my father dived and swam and
called out for her for hours, she was gone for ever. A flock
of gulls cried overhead and I wept too, so that my tears formed a pool in
the sand. We have learnt to deal with the sorrow
but on still nights, when the fat full moon
rides on the waters, I swear I can hear her voice. I put my head beneath
the pillow and shudder, for she is calling me to join her.
Fill in the blanks to complete these nouns:
_ dne _ (name of an Australian
_ y (a gender)
_ at _ ane (a breed of dog)
_ _ pute _ (an essential piece of equipment)
_ u _ y ( a feeling)
Fill in the gaps below with an appropriate noun.
I live in the town/city of __________.
My favourite __________ for a __________ is the beach.
Our nearest beach is about _________ kilometres away.
I like to visit ________ with my best friend, _________.
The emotions I most like are ___________, __________, and __________.
When I get work I’d like to start off as a _________.
Identify whether the following are common, proper, abstract, or
Jakarta, fear, smoke, adrenalin, Tony Blair, pain, gang, mob, Peta
Write a short paragraph about yourself. You might use Aden’s Tale as a
model, or you might want to complete some information about yourself; for
example, where you live, your parent’s names and so on.
Name all the things you can see in the photo below. Then write a
paragraph using as many of these nouns as possible.