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The Smallest Dragonboy
Before the
  • Before Teaching
    • 1. Read the Big Ideas and Key Understandings and the Synopsis below. Please do not read these to the students. They provide a description for teachers about the Big Ideas and Key Understandings that students should take away after completing this task.

      2. Read entire main selection text, keeping in mind the Big Ideas and Key Understandings.

      3. Re-read the main selection text while noting the stopping points for the Text-dependent Questions and Vocabulary.

  • Big Ideas & Key Understandings
    • Characters who face conflicts can overcome these challenges through the power of determination and perseverance.

  • Synopsis
    • This fantasy takes place on the planet Pern, a world where dragons help protect the inhabitants from the dangerous Red Star, which rains down deadly plant spores every 200 years. These spores will devour every living thing if they land on the planet. Each year, in an Impression ceremony, newly hatched dragons select riders from among the young people of Pern.  The hero of this story is Keevan, a boy facing his first Impression ceremony.  Small for his age, Keevan must work twice as hard as the other boys and endure their taunts and teasing, especially those of the bully Beterli.  Goaded into a fight with Beterli, Keevan is badly injured.  However, he calls on his courage and determination to hobble to the Hatching Ground, where he is chosen by a bronze dragon, the highest honor a dragonrider can achieve.

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