Teaching the Fantasy Novel: From The Hobbit to Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire

Teaching the Fantasy Novel: From The Hobbit to Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire

by Phyllis J. Perry
     
 

Capitalize on the child appeal of fantasy literature to create challenging activities that address the 12 Standards of the English Language Arts sponsored by NCTE and IRA. This guide contains practical ideas that enable the teacher or librarian to incorporate acclaimed fantasy literature in the elementary and middle school curriculum, and also serves as a reference

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Capitalize on the child appeal of fantasy literature to create challenging activities that address the 12 Standards of the English Language Arts sponsored by NCTE and IRA. This guide contains practical ideas that enable the teacher or librarian to incorporate acclaimed fantasy literature in the elementary and middle school curriculum, and also serves as a reference guide to parents seeking outstanding examples of fiction for students. Each fantasy novel is accompanied by a plot summary and list of major characters, a comprehension check, a vocabulary exercise, discussion questions, reference topics, and suggested multidisciplinary extension activities. Fantasy book selection includes: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire The Hobbit The Dark is Rising Tuck Everlasting Poppy James and the Giant Peach Ella Enchanted The Amber Spyglass

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KLIATT
Responding to "the need to provide a challenging and appealing curriculum that helps students to meet standards," Phyllis J. Perry, noted educator and writer, provides a useful guide for incorporating fantasy literature in grades 48. Perry has selected 20 fantasy novels, including Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt, James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl, A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling, and The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien. For each work, publication information including ISBN is given followed by a detailed synopsis and a who's who list of important characters. Varied vocabulary exercises accompany each selection with appropriate page numbers from the text for easy use. A series of comprehension Q&As as well as a good selection of discussion questions are also part of the package. There are suggestions for research activities, often with specific library and Internet sources identified to facilitate the assignment. Also, there are extension activities that encourage creativity and interdisciplinary learning. Finally, there are specific explanations of the ways in which each work meets the 12 NCTE/IRA English Language Arts Standards. This wellorganized guide should be helpful for any educator looking to incorporate work from the fantasy genre into the curriculum at the middle school level. The selections are worthwhile and the quality of the accompanying materials is excellent. KLIATT Codes: PRecommended. 2003, Teacher Ideas Press, 185p. illus. bibliogs. index., Ages adult.
—Anthony Pucci
VOYA
Teachers at a loss as to how to teach fantasy literature in the existing curriculum will delight in this book. Each of twenty referenced books is keyed through meaningful and enjoyable activities to the NCTE/IRA Language Arts Standards. Unfortunately the reader is not given a reference list of the standards and must go in search of it. Aside from that shortcoming, this text is chock-full of vocabulary exercises, comprehension and discussion questions, research activities, and post-reading projects, some of which are even multidisciplinary. It also includes a detailed plot synopsis and character list for a range of titles that include everything from A Wrinkle in Time to The Amber Spyglass and Ella Enchanted to The Giver. The author has included all quality texts. This book is a great way to insure that the fantasy texts young people love get considered as the excellent literary choices so many of them are. There is substantial material from which to build entire units, or the questions and activities could be used as supporting materials for a teacher's ideas. The author has more than thirty years of experience in education and clearly understands the constraints on a teacher's time and resources, as well as the need to attend to accountability issues. This solid resource aid is appropriate for anyone who teaches the fantasy texts covered. Teachers of grades four through eight definitely will find something worth exploring, but so will those at other grade levels. 2003, Teacher Ideas Press, 192p., $29 pb. Ages adult professional.
—Elaine J. O'Quinn

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781563089879
Publisher:
Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
Publication date:
09/08/2003
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.40(d)

Meet the Author

Dr. Phyllis J. Perry is an award-winning author of more than forty books. Recipient of the Governor's Award for Excellence in Education, she is an active Colorado writer and educator.

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