Northern Lights by Philip Pullman
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Match the two columns. Ideal as a lesson starter or quick consolidation activity.
How does he do it? Pullman's use of description
Focuses on Pullman's use of descriptive writing in the novel. Students read the two passages, complete with own words, then compare/contrast and discuss. (Page numbers taken from Scholastic 1995 edition.)
Themes in Northern Lights
Post-reading group work activity preparing pupils for an oral presentation.
'The Throwing Nets' - exploring chapter 6
Analyse Pullman's use of the senses and write your own vivid scene using similar strategies.
'Lyra's Jordan' - exploring chapter 3
Questions focusing on plot, characterisation and language.
Create your own daemon
Find daemons to suit 10 famous people and then create your own. An interesting post-reading activity.
Going to court - a persuasive speech
In role as a character of their choice, students write a persuasive speech to convince a law court that they should have custody of Lyra.
Your own fantasy gateway ...
Use the prompts and questions to write an account of a gateway.
Match the words to the definitions. Laminate the bingo cards for re-use!
Scientific prefixes and suffixes
A quick starter which could be used as a race.
The first paragraph
A differentiated cloze activity for the opening of the novel.
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