Lesson 1 (from Chapter 1)
Doll Bones is a young-adult fantasy novel by Holly Black. The central themes of imagination, magic, heroism, and growing up are introduced in Chapter 1, as the narrator describes the imaginary world created by 12-year-old Zachary Barlow and his best friends, Poppy Bell and Alice Magnaye. In this lesson, students will research the author, identify and analyze the narrative style and genre of the novel, as well as discuss the themes of magic and imagination introduced in Chapter 1.
Group Assignment: Assign students to groups of 3-4 each. As a group, conduct research on author Holly Black, read Chapter 1 of Doll Bones, and discuss the mood and tone established in the reading. What are the characters doing when the story begins? How would you describe the imaginary world that is introduced in the opening of the chapter? Use your research to develop a brief presentation discussing the...
Aligned to the following Common Core Standards:
- ELA-Reading: Literature RL.9-10.10, 11-12.3, 11-12.10
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