Black as Night Classroom Study Guide
For teachers interested in an engaging literature course. Companion to the popular Fairy Tale Novel, Black as Night, this guide provides instructors with in-depth exercises for class. Many of these exercises meet common core requirements--formally addressed in the guide--and teach students the importance of story structure, symbolism, and critical analysis.
26 lessons cover the original fairy tale and all 25 chapters of Black as Night. If adherence to ELA standards is important, lessons which fulfill specific requirements are indicated. Flexible lesson plan options include:
- discussion questions & possible answers
- multiple choice tests on each assigned readings
- Venn diagrams for comparing the original tale with the novel
- explorations of media mentioned in the story (poetry, art, other novels)
- ideas for student projects
- ANI chart analysis from "The Lost Tools of Writing" (used with the permission of the Circe Institute.)
- 140 pages spiral bound
The study guide includes a version of the original tale for comparison. Students using the guide discover how both stories are structured and study other literary elements such as allusions, symbolism, and foreshadowing. (The story makes generous use of all three elements!). Brief quizzes are included for each chapter to check that students have actually read them. However, discussion questions, literary analysis activities, and essay writing are the heart of each lesson. Other literary analysis tools are also presented in the guide. The novel and the study guide are both high caliber resources that would serve well as part of a high school literature class. But skipping the study guide is fine for those who are just looking for a great book to read. Cathy Duffy, Cathy Duffy Reviews, from her review on Amazon.