Jun 05

The Dark is Rising Teaching Ideas

The Dark is Rising is an exceptional contemporary fantasy on the Common Core Standards Grades 6-8 Exemplars List. The novel tells the story of Will Stanton who on his eleventh birthday learns he is one of the Old Ones who is destined to save the world from the Dark. Will must collect six Signs and join them together before the Dark destroys Earth. Read The Dark is Rising by Susan Cooper to see if Will can defeat the Dark.

Teaching Ideas for the Book


 Artwork for The Dark is Rising  Artwork forThe Dark is Rising

Have students describe the scenes that are taking place in each drawing.


Have students watch the movie version and compare it to the book. This free printable will help students compare and contrast.

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Book Unit Samples

If you would like to try out The Dark is Rising Book Unit before you buy it, this download contains free samples including:


The Dark is Rising Book Unit 

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