In this versatile guide to Book 1 of T.H. White's The Once and Future King--The Sword in the Stone--you will find close reading questions, and strategies for annotating selected passages in each of the six chapter groupings.
Students will learn (or become better at) literary analysis by actively engaging with the text through close reading. Some warm-up and follow-up activities are suggested.
These passages and questions may be assigned as classwork, homework, discussion or for any other kind of formative assessment.
After the students get the hang of literary analysis, you can try giving them a passage and letting them come up with their own questions. They can compare their questions with the questions supplied in this guide.
As summative assessments, you can give students a passage with no questions and ask them to a.) formulate questions that would elicit literary analysis, b.) answer their questions and c.) relate the passage up to a certain point in the story or to Book 1 as a whole.
A culminating timeline/ reflection project is included at the end.