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#4632. EON'S DOOR Novel Study Unit

Literature, level: Middle
Posted Sun Sep 16 06:06:31 PDT 2012 by J.G. McKenney (J.G. McKenney).

Smiths Falls Collegiate, Smiths Falls, Canada
Materials Required: EON'S DOOR, a novel by J.G. McKenney
Activity Time: 1 to 3 months
Concepts Taught: Vocabulary, reading, writing, reflection

A comprehensive novel study unit for the award winning fantasy adventure, EON'S DOOR, by J.G. McKenney. Suitable for grade 7, 8, or 9 students with average to strong reading skills. Organized in a user friendly chapter assignment format with assessment rubrics. The unit is a free pdf download at www.jgmckenney.com (scroll to the bottom of the Home page).

Here is a sample of the kinds of questions in the unit (minus the assessment rubrics):
Prologue and Chapter 1
Words. Words. Words.
Using a dictionary or the internet (www.dictionary.com), find the meaning of the following words as used in the prologue and chapter 1.
sage: _______________________________________________________________________
fauna: ______________________________________________________________________
flora: _______________________________________________________________________
peninsula: ___________________________________________________________________
granite: _____________________________________________________________________
translucent: __________________________________________________________________
Reader Response.
1. Who/what is Eon? What makes him special? How do you think he might help the clans? Explain.
____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
2. Every story begins with a crisis or problem that gets the story moving. What terrible event happens in Chapter 1?
______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Letís Find Out.
Find and record three facts about oak trees.

Fact 1: ______________________________________________________________________
Fact 2: ______________________________________________________________________
Fact 3: ______________________________________________________________________
Hereís where I found my information: ______________________________________________

Exploring Your Ideas.
1. Read the Ralph Waldo Emerson quotation that begins Part 1 of the novel.
A. What do you think it means? Provide evidence from the quotation to support your ideas.
____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
B. Choose one line or phrase from the Emerson quotation and explain how you think it suggests what might happen in the story.
Line: ________________________________________________________________________
What it suggests: ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

2. A prologue is an introduction to a story. It usually reveals something important to the reader so the story can be better understood. Why do you think the author of Eonís Door included a prologue? What information does it communicate to you?
__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Express Yourself.
1. Draw a picture of Eon, using the description of him in the prologue to guide you.

Details! Details!
Check your spelling, grammar, and punctuation in your answers. Your teacher will be evaluating how well youíve applied these language conventions.