CHAPTER 9:

INTO: Have you ever had someone take your side in an argument or disagreement when you didn’t expect
them to? Discuss in small groups. Share in large group.

THROUGH:

 How does Darek’s mother show her bravery?
 What causes Yoran's father to weep?
 Reader’s Theater: Enact the scene on the ledge between Darek, his father and mother. Write a script using
the dialogue in Chapters 8 & 9 and perform in class.

BEYOND:

 Put finishing touches on mural/model.
 What is the author telling us about the village men when they lower their weapons?

CHAPTER 10:

INTO: How do you expect the story to end? Will the dragons turn on the villagers? Will the villagers and
dragons become friends or will they go back to their old ways? Discuss in small groups. Share.

THROUGH:

 Why does Darek’s father say what he says on page 58? Why does his mother say he’s come a long way?
 How does the author show that some villagers are willing to change their ways?
 How has Darek’s brother, Clep, changed?
 What is the author trying to tell us by having Darek and Clep bury the claw necklace?

BEYOND:

 How does this story relate to endangered animals today? How does it relate to people fighting other people?
 What things in this story are realistic? What are fantasy? Group share. Teacher chart.
 Should humans protect animals that seem dangerous? How can we protect ourselves and let these animals
be free?
 Write a diary entry for Darek - 1 week later. What is happening between you and Zantor? Do you think your
father will change his mind about dragons?
 Illustrate a cover for your journal showing your favorite part of the book.
 If you were going to make a movie out of this book who would you choose to play Darek? Why? When
people see your movie what would you want them to remember most about the story?
 In a small group, prepare a commercial promoting this book to others who have not read it. Perform your
commercial for the class.
 Design a book jacket that will encourage people to read this book.
 Go on a dragon quest. (With help of PE teacher, teacher lays out obstacle course leading to picnic area.)
 Have a dragonling picnic featuring berries, nuts, salad, milk.
 Invite students to read more books in the Dragonling series!    (Okay, I added this one myself.)