Coraline – Lesson 5

BUTTONS


button-eyes

”The black button eyes of the other mother are probably the most iconic or well-known image to come out of Coraline . . .  These buttons essentially act like masks . . . Coraline can’t tell if her other parents are watching her and she can’t get any clues through their eyes as to what they’re thinking” (Shmoop Editorial Team, 2008)

Symbolism

”Symbolism is the use of symbols to signify ideas and qualities by giving them symbolic meanings that are different from their literal sense”

Literary Devices: symbolism definition http://literarydevices.net/symbolism/

The button eyes of the ‘other people’ in Coraline are examples of symbolism in the text.


Lesson plan

Coraline – Lesson 4

 

Part 2

1. Read the following chapters: VI,  VII and VIII .

2. Do the vocabulary exrcises in the worksheet, page 3 (see below)

3.  Reading Comprehension

What is special about the cat in the story?
What does the other mother like to eat, and how do you react to that?
Who are the other children in the closet, and how did they end up there?
What do you think is the significance of the button eyes in this story?

4. Continue working with mapping characters after having reading 2/3 of the book

How do the characters develop as the text progresses? Discuss and compare with students in your group. Pick out specific parts (quote) from the text to support your arguments. Then continue to fill in the characteristics in the map (p.5).


Lesson plan

Coraline Lesson Plan

This lesson plan is available online, where you can also download it in pdf-format.

 

 

 

 


Coraline – Lesson 1
Coraline – Lesson 2
Coraline – Lesson 3
Coraline – Lesson 5
Coraline – After Reading the book

 

Coraline – Lesson 3

Characters

I. Start with the main characters. Who are they? What is your impression of them?

Characters in Coraline.png

II. Characters: How characters are depicted in text.

”Never trust anyone who doesn’t believe in the power of the imagination” (William Shakespeare)

Have a look at the links below. What types of Characters are there in Coraline?

Types of characters in literature

How important are the different characters to the story?

Character Matters

When you read you get a feeling about the people in the story. What does the author do to crate that feeling? Look for clues in the text.

Character Descriptions – Learn from the Pros! ”Show, don’t tell.”


Lesson plan

Coraline Lesson Plan

This lesson plan is available online, where you can also download it in pdf-format.

After reading the book you can do a quiz on the text

You may want to read the Neil Gaiman Exclusive Interview.

You can read more about the author Neil Gaiman on his website http://www.neilgaiman.com/

 

 


Coraline – Lesson 1

Coraline – Lesson 2

Coraline – Lesson 4

Coraline – After Reading the book

Coraline – Lesson 2

Part 1

1. Start by reading the first five chapters:

2. Do the vocabulary exrcises in the worksheet, page 2 (see below)

3.  Reading Comprehension

How would you describe Coraline’s parents?
What is your reaction to the button eyes of Coraline’s other mother?
What has happened to Coraline’s real parents?

4. Start working with mapping characters after reading 1/3 of the book

Discuss and compare characters from the book with students in your group.

Then fill in  characteristics using the form, map of characters at the back of the worksheet (p.5), for the two characters you have chosen. (You will continue to fill in this map/form as you continue to read.)


Coraline Lesson Plan

Lesson plan

This lesson plan is available online, where you can also download it in pdf-format.

After reading the book you can do a quiz on the text

You may want to read the Neil Gaiman Exclusive Interview.

You can read more about the author Neil Gaiman on his website http://www.neilgaiman.com/


Coraline – Lesson 1

Coraline – Lesson 3

Coraline – Lesson 4

Coraline – After Reading the book

Coraline – Lesson 1

”In Coraline’s family’s new flat are twenty-one windows and fourteen doors. Thirteen of the doors open and close. The fourteenth is locked, and on the other side is only a brick wall, until the day Coraline unlocks the door to find a passage to another flat in another house just like her own” (Quote from mousecircus.com)

”Things seem marvelous. But there’s another mother there, and another father, and they want her to stay and be their little girl. They want to change her and never let her go. Coraline will have to fight with all her wits and courage if she is to save herself and return to her ordinary life.” (Quote from neilgaiman.com)

Read an excerpt (Chapters 1 and 2)



There is an interacitve website for Coraline  coraline.com,  where you can find a map and explore Coraline’s world. Have fun but watch out!

coraline-map


Lesson plan

Coraline Lesson Plan

This lesson plan is available online, where you can also download it in pdf-format.

After reading the book you can do a quiz on the text

You may want to read the Neil Gaiman Exclusive Interview.

You can read more about the author Neil Gaiman on his website http://www.neilgaiman.com/

 

 

 


Coraline – Lesson 2

Coraline – Lesson 3

Coraline – Lesson 4

Coraline – After Reading the book

Descriptive writing

Lesson/exercise in writing

Describing people and places make your writing come alive.

  1. Watch

Watch this 10 minute animation and write a text describing what you have seen. The more descriptive words you use the better your text will be.

2. Write

Take about 40 minutes to write your text.

3. Peer review

Change texts with someone. Read and give feedback.

Does the text reflect what you just saw?

Is the text logical?

Does it describe the characters you have seen? The environment?

Does the text catch any of the feeling in the short film?


It you want to learn more:  How to describe a person | Using descriptive words

If you want to teach descriptive writing you can find many lessons/exercises at eslflow.com

Structuring your writing

Structure improves your writing. The function of structure and paragraphs  is to make a text clearer and easier to read and understand.

In this post there are some resources collected to help you with improving your writing. Links in the text below will take you to exercies and more extensive explanations when you feel a need for more help or information.

Click the image below to access the activity/exercise

Skillswise structure and paragraphs

All texts should have a clear beginning, a middle and an end, but there are many different types of text. Before you start writing an essay make sure you know which type of essay you are going to write.

You should also think about your audience. For whom are you writing? Format and style depend on what you write as well as on who you audience are.

”Structure, tone, style and adapting to your audience can help you create your own literary works”. Find out why they are important.

As a help you can use  TAP (T – text, A – audience, P – purpose)

Text refers to the type of text you are being asked to write: letter, magazine article, story, etc. T

Audience is who you are writing for. This may be teenagers, adults or even children.

Purpose refers to the point of the text and what it is aiming to do.

Now you should start planning your writing. (Instructions  on how to plan a text).

 

Resourses to improve your writing can be found at Bitesize and at Skillswise.


General Writing Outline

Please feel free to use the General Writing Outline.
The instruction is available online (click the embedded file to the left) where you can download the instruction in pdf-format.

 

 

 

 

 

The BFG (After reading the book)

When you have finished reading The BFG and worked both with language and content in the text there is a final task.

 


Now you write an ESSAY based on this book.  The BFG lessonplan
In this essay you mix your own imagination with information straight from the book. In other words, you must quote or retell parts from the book in your essay, while telling your own, made-up story.

Quote – Within this sign “ “ you quote exactly what is written in the book, and mention between brackets at what page you find these particular words, f.ex:
When describing one of the dreams the BFG says “This one would make your teeth stand on end!” (page 76).

Retell – This is when you, in your own words, tell parts of the story, f.ex:
One day Sophie has had enough and is determined to put an end to the awful eating habits of the terrible giants. She makes a very clever plan.

The essay should be 300 – 600 words long.
Choose ONE of the following topics:

1 The Ancestry of my Kind. My own True Story. (The BFG )
2 Sophie’s Diary after Having Met the Queen. ( Your own title. )
3 Report from the Pit. ( One of the nasty giants tells his story. )
4 What Dreams mean to Me. ( The Queen )
5 The Most Demanding Challenge in my Career. (The Queen’s Butler)


The complete worksheet can be found in pdf format below or just click the embedded file above to the right.

Worksheet: 1415297898_stock_save-pdfThe BFG_Work Sheet_illustrated_20160817


For more posts on Roald Dahl and The BFG

Roald Dahl- The BFG

The BFG (Part 1)

The BFG (Part 2)

The BFG (Part 3)

The BFG (Part 4)

The BFG (Part 5)

The BFG (After reading the book)

The assignment has been constructed in collaboration with Marie Erenius Bergqvist (content)

 

The BFG (Part 5)

The BFG, working with the text

Now you finish reading the book, of course work with text and language.

The BFG lessonplan

1. We read the following chapters and finish the book: ( 87 minutes)

Mixing the Dream, page 117

Journey to London

The Palace

The Queen

The Royal Breakfast

The Plan

Capture

Feeding Time

The Author, page 196.

Some questions to consider:

  • How does the BFG manage not to be seen when in London?
  • How does he find the Queen’s bedroom?
  • What is Sophie’s reaction at being left seated on the Queen’s window sill?
  • When does the Queen begin to see that it wasn’t just a dream?
  • The breakfast at the palace, what difficulties did the butler have and how did he solve them?
  • How are the guests treated by the Queen?
  • How does she make sure that what Sophie tells her is absolutely true?
  • What happens to the bad giants? In your opinion, was it a good solution?
  • What happens to the BFG?

The complete worksheet can be found in pdf format below or just click the embedded file above to the right.

Worksheet: 1415297898_stock_save-pdfThe BFG_Work Sheet_illustrated_20160817


For more posts on Roald Dahl and The BFG

Roald Dahl- The BFG

The BFG (Part 1)

The BFG (Part 2)

The BFG (Part 3)

The BFG (Part 4)

The BFG (After reading the book)

The assignment has been constructed in collaboration with Marie Erenius Bergqvist (content)