Shadow Spinner - E-Guide

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Grade Range: 5-8

Setting: Ancient Persia

Genre: Historical

Page Count: 88 + Answer Key

Approximate Completion Time: 11 weeks

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The Sultan's wife betrayed him with a lover, and so the Sultan killed the two of them. Unwilling to be alone, but believing that all women are betrayers, the Sultan marries a new girl each day and kills her before morning. No young woman in his kingdom is safe. Then Shahrazad, the daughter of the Sultan's own vizier, volunteers to be his wife. Facing death, she asks the Sultan if she can tell her younger sister one last story before she dies. The Sultan agrees, and listens as Shahrazad tells her story to Dunyazad. But as Shahrazad sees the sun rising, she breaks off her story at a particularly exciting spot, promising to finish it the next night if she still lives. The Sultan, entertained and intrigued, grants Shahrazad her life for one more day.
And so begins a tense and uncertain patterneach night Shahrazad tells a story, but there is always the danger that if it does not please the Sultan, death awaits. After two and a half years, Shahrazad is running out of stories. When a young girl named Marjan visits the harem, she has something Shahrazad needsmore stories. As the Sultan's own mother plots against her, can Shahrazad, with Marjan's help, heal the Sultan's crippled heart and bring him peace and forgiveness? A particularly gripping novel of hurt and the power of forgiveness.

Based on The Tales of the Arabian Nights. 

Progeny Press Shadow Spinner Language Arts PDF curriculum provides your Middle School grade student with: 

About the Author: Learn about Susan Fletcher. 
Background Information: Reflect on the enchanting worlds of Arabian Nights and ancient religious traditions, providing a cultural backdrop that adds depth to Fletcher's narrative.
Vocabulary: Enhance your grasp of the novel's language through a variety of activities designed to stimulate retention and growth. 
Literary Techniques: Explore literary techniques such as in-context usage, setting, juxtaposition, style, metaphor, simile, alliteration, onomatopoeia, fragments, analogy, foreshadowing, point of view, anthropomorphism, tone, fact vs. opinion, paraphrase, flashback, antonym, synonym, framework story, analogy, theme, plot, conflict, climax, resolution, parallelism, and characterization
Moral Lessons and Character Values: Analyze moral lessons and character values woven into the story, including themes of courage, perspective, the power of words, overcoming fear and loneliness, challenging assumptions, the role of prayer, nurturing hope, dealing with worry and bitterness, addressing anger and the desire for revenge, embracing parables, recognizing unity as part of the body of Christ, trusting in God, and advocating for helping the poor and forgiveness.
Activities and Writing Assignments: Participate in a variety of activities, from mapping the Middle East and creating timelines to exploring the symbolism of pigeons, participating in class discussions, enjoying word searches, contributing to an International fair, contemplating crime and justice, drawing connections to Queen Esther, and exploring multiple essay choices.
Suggestions for Further Reading:  We include a wonderful reading list of more books by the same author(s) and other books that tie in with, or are similar to, Shadow Spinner by Susan Fletcher. 

All of Progeny Press' language arts PDF download unit lessons are written from a Christian worldview! 

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    1 Reviews

  • Posted by amy m. on 1st Mar 2016


    No chapter summary

    Would be nice if gave chapter summary, highlights as well as discussed theme, settings, etc. More of a questions answer type of guide.