10 lesson ideas (plus 2 teacher answer sheets) for the novel study 'Briar Rose':
A cloud brainstorm for the four aspects of language in the text.
- Narrative Structure
Fairytales, romances and a jolly good family mystery! Break down each narrative in the text and evaluate them for themes, issues and character development. Who knew sleeping beauty had so many depths!
The origins of Sleeping Beauty are explored in the introduction by Terry Windling. Use the clouds to trace the development of the story throughout the ages.
- Around the Classroom in 80 Steps!
A good task for getting students out of their seats. Each student has a questionnaire which they must ask different students for the answers to. Each question should be answered by a different student. Who can be finished first? focuses on plot so would make a good revision tool.
- Following Jane Yolen
Get to know the author better by looking at her views on homosexuality, The Holocaust and other asepects. Will require access to the original interview by following the link : www.underdown.org/yolen.htm
- Character Quiz
These are straight-forward comprehension questions. Here are two suggested options: You can either play this game by dividing the class into two teams and each person must answer the question correctly before it is the next person’s turn or this can be used as an end of unit revision test.
A grid based work sheet which compares the characters Becca, Josef Potoki and Gemma.
- Historical Context - Fairytales Through History; Sleeping Beauty
Once upon a time takes on many forms! An extensive worksheet (11 pages) looking at Sleeping Beauty the myth. Includes various early versions of the fairy tale and both pre-reading and post reading tasks.
- Historical context - Understanding Chelmno and the Holocaust
Cloze passage task on Chelmno and the Holocaust.
- Symbolism - Pictures That Pack a Punch!
Two sets of symbols, one to use for analysis, the other to use for a synthesis task where students create a large visual image depicting a key theme from the novel by manipulating the images. A great chance to get a little creative in the classroom!