This teacher edition pairs with the entire Clifton Chase and the Arrow of Light novel by 5 chapter sections. With Common Core and Florida Standards outlined in each section, it’s perfect for both traditional and home school environments.
Clifton Chase is at archery practice when he makes a bet with the school bully. He’d wagered an old arrow that seemed to glow in his closet, but otherwise he’d never seen it before. The arrow flies off the range. Clifton finds it, reaches for it, and discovers he’s no longer in Wickham Park or Melbourne, Florida for that matter. Arriving at a scary forest, he treks along thinking he must be dreaming. All of a sudden, a man launches on him from behind. It’s a dwarf. He tells him that they are being watched by King Richard III, and leads Clifton to his cottage where his wife is preparing supper. After dinner, the dwarf explains that they are in Griffon Forest, in England and they will travel to Flaxton Village the next day to return the arrow to the boy who it belongs to. With that, they sleep, prepare, and step back into the forest.
Pre-Reading Questions & Discussions:
LAFS 4, 5 & 6 RI 4.10 ~CCSS RI 4.10, 5.1 & 6.10
Here are some questions to pose for pre-reading. Do not feel the need to ask all of these, but choose the ones you feel will enhance the reading and your objectives to pose to your students.
1.If you could visit a magical dreamland, what five fantasies you would choose to encounter (creatures, times, places, people etc.)?
2.How would you explain the word “fantasy”?
3.If you had a time machine but could only visit ONE time in history, what time would you choose and why?
4.Have you ever found something very old that seemed unique or special? Tell what you found, where you found it and how you felt when you held/touched it. You may draw the item and place it was found.
5.Explain “literal” and “figurative”. Give an example of one phrase with a literal and figurative meaning. Ex. The Youtube was so hilarious it blew my head off.
Literal~the person’s head would no longer be attached to the body
Figurative~the person laughed so much he/she felt light headed
6.What do you know about England?
7.What do you think “monarchy” means?
8.What do you know about King Richard III?
9.What does genre mean? What is Historical Fiction?
10.Name a book that expanded your imagination and explain how or what about the book expanded your imagination.
Pre-reading Geography & History Lessons:
LAFS 4, 5 & 6 W. 3.7~ CCSS W 4.7, 5.7 & 6.7 LAFS 4, 5 & 6 RI 4.10~CCSS RI 4.10, 5.10 & 6.10
LAFS 4, 5 & 6 SL 1.1~ CCSS SL 4.1, 5.1 & 6.1 LAFS 4, 5 & 6 W 2.6~ CCSS W 4.6, 5.6 & 6.6
LAFS 4, 5 & 6 RI 3.7~CCSS RI 4.7, 5.7 & 6.7
Students familiarize themselves with Great Britain and a map lesson:
Use a world map of today and 1485 to compare and contrast today and the setting of Clifton Chase and the Arrow of Light.
1.Lead or direct students to find the locations of their home city and London England on a current world map. Have students analyze the distance between the two. Ask if anyone has visited England/Great Britain and explain similarities and differences.
2.Using the CIA World Factbook (https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/) Compare information of population, size (in sq. miles), elevation, latitude & longitude, and time zones, or any categories that will cross reference geography/math etc. skills.
3.Have one large, or independent small maps of England for students to complete:
a.Bodies of water
c.Surrounding counties (Ireland, Scotland, Europe)
Also available as digital download for personal or classroom use.