This reader's guide includes chapter summaries, questions (for class discussions, creating quizzes or tests, and for use as writing prompts) and vocabulary lists for Neil Gaiman's The Graveyard Book. All the tools you need to guide students through thoughtful and spirited reading of this Newbery-winning novel that is sure to become a staple for classroom use.
This 36-page reader's guide includes a summary of each chapter, 177 multi-part questions and lists of vocabulary words.
Each discussion question in the materials includes at least one page number in the novel to clearly connect the question to the content on which it is based. As the Common Core standards emphasize the need for evidence-based thinking, this explicit tie between text and discussion will be a useful classroom tool.
A few "Concept and Conflict" statements open each list of questions. These open-ended prompts are intended to provoke ideas, opinions and journal writing, sharpening students' interest before they begin each chapter.
All of the questions in this lesson encourage students to make predictions, appreciate wordplay and descriptive language, recall uses of foreshadowing, identify motifs, explore themes and make connections for deeper insight into the novel. They go beyond simple comprehension questions, addressing Common Core goals for students to: "...readily undertake the close, attentive reading that is at the heart of understanding and enjoying complex works of literature.... [Students] actively seek the wide, deep, and thoughtful engagement with high-quality literary and informational texts that builds knowledge, enlarges experience, and broadens worldviews."
For a number of the discussion questions, I have included suggested answers that could be expected in a class discussion.
Materials are organized by chapter and pages are numbered to help maintain organization in a loose-leaf format.
This lesson is suitable for grades 6-12, with the expectation that teachers will adapt materials as needed.
by Sara Hathaway
Connecting to Myth and History: The Graveyard Book, by Neil Gaiman by Sara Hathaway is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License