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.
Posted by Carol Bowling, 8th grade Reading teacher at St. Mary's Catholic School, Rockville, MD on 13th Jul 2015
Regina, I can hardly tell you what a gift materials like this will be to teachers. You are truly inspired. We have a desperate need for this kind of thing...You have incorporated in your guide so many of the things a teacher would actually need and not have time to make or track down herself.
The reproducible original fairy tale is the first wonderful idea. I love the beautiful illustrations. Immediately every student would be thinking, "This is going to be fun!"
It is also just wonderful that you have written so many check quizzes with answers. That is essential, I think. In most regular classrooms, there must be a way to ensure that students have done the homework...Having ready made quizzes that are easy to grade is a tremendous help. Students will be better prepared, and that will mean that discussions will be better...
I was happy to see the journal topics too...I was particularly moved when skimming through the guide to see the one on vocation. It is difficult to imagine a discussion like this taking place in most English classes. Imagine how helpful it would be to discuss vocation concretely in terms of the characters in a novel.
Integrating other media (literature, songs, art) is another great idea...
In short, Regina, looking through the study guide today has made me want to reread the novel and look at the daily plans as I so do. It has also made me hope for the possibility that one day we will have many such wonderful guides to accompany many wonderful books for our children and grandchildren. God bless you for everything you do.