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The Verdigris Pawn Curriculum Guide

The Verdigris Pawn is a great choice for middle school literature circles, book groups, chess clubs, parent-student book clubs, and for exploring issues around empathy, personal empowerment, and social justice.

Use this guide to facilitate meaningful conversations and deepen reader’s engagement around the issues or power, politics, social structure, and class structure. The questions and extension activities are designed to prompt middle school readers to explore the world of the book as well as their own lives experiences, as well as delve into thought-provoking writing prompts.

This guide is aligned with the Common Core Standards for 6th grade but can be applied for grades 4-7. This guide includes essential questions and activities that can be used before, during, and/or after reading, with questions related to social justice denoted by the pawn symbol. This guide also includes extension activities that incorporate creative writing, research, critical thinking.

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Compare and Contrast Literature Circle: The Verdigris Pawn/Rea and The Blood of the Nectar

Rea and the Blood of the Nectar and The Verdigris Pawn are stories about friendship, overcoming obstacles, and fighting power-hungry rulers. This makes both books perfect for a Compare and Contrast exercise that will have your students riveted!

Both novels are a perfect choice for a classroom read-aloud, whole-class/school text, literature club, book club, or summer reading list.

The guide is aligned with Common Core Standards for 4th, 5th, 6th, and 7th grades. In these easily printable greyscale pages, you will find activities, discussion starters, passage picker, and literature circle questions.

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