Marina Ekkel has prepared 6 worksheets for The Last Wild by Piers Torday, downloadable in PDF.
A disease called the ‘red eye’ has caused all animals to begin to fade into extinction. A single corporation runs the world, and is bent on confining the human population to cities. And twelve year old Kester Jaynes cannot speak (at least to humans).
Forced away from his family, Kester is locked away in a facility for troubled youth. There he discovers that he can speak, but only to animals. With the help of a flock of pigeons and a cockroach, Kester escapes the facility.
The animals bring him to their group in the wild and implore Kester to help them find a cure for the red eye. Kester agrees to help and begins a journey to find his missing father (a famous veterinarian) and a cure for the red eye.
The Last Wild is a fast paced adventure novel that deals with themes such as friendship, promise keeping, corporate power, and animal endangerment. The book is recommended for year 5 and year 6, but could be read by advanced readers in year 4. All worksheets and exercises are based on the U.K year 5 and year 6 curriculum. There are 6 worksheets in total each reflecting a different part (or chapter) of the book. Please adjust as you see fit for your own classroom.
Worksheet 1 – Reading Comprehension exercise [PDF download]
Worksheet 2 – The Wolves [PDF download]
Worksheet 3 – The Red Eye [PDF download]
Worksheet 4 – Friendship and Promise Keeping [PDF download]
Worksheet 5 – Foraging [PDF download]
Worksheet 6 – The Stag [PDF download]
You can find other teaching resources created for our authors’ books here, including a water use quiz based around The Memory of Water and a discussion guide on science and politics in The Stone Weta.