Talking with Authors: Amy Timberlake, Egg Marks the Spot
Grades: 9 - 12

Video Description: Amy Timberlake talks about her latest book in the Skunk and Badger series. This time, when roommates Skunk and Badger head out on a rock-finding expedition, they find surprises behind every boulder.

Type of Video: Interview*
Unique Video ID: Literature-157**

Quick Ideas for Using the Video:

  • At the 17:47 mark of the video, the interviewer asks how the title for the book was selected. The author reads a short excerpt from the book as part of her answer. Have students analyze how they believe the title emerged from this section of the book. What insights might they gain into determining titles for their own stories?
  • Use the video in conjunction with an activity that has students writing and illustrating stories for children. What insights did they gain from the interview that they could use in their writing?
  • After completing their illustrated stories for children, have students record virtual read-alouds of their work to share with elementary students in your district, to post on your district website, or to publish in another forum of your choice.


*Interviews feature extended conversation exploring fascinating topics with fascinating people in the area of study.

**The unique Video ID can be used to quickly locate a single video in the ET collection. This search function is designed to let teachers assign students to watch a specific video and have only that video appear as a search result. Just click on Search and choose “By Video ID.” Then type in the Video ID as it appears above. Be sure to include the dash.