Thursday, June 27

Ranger's Apprentice + Creative Writing Unit

High fantasy is one of the favorite genres of middle and high school students for good reason - well-written novels in this genre have a depth of character and setting that is rarely seen in other genres.  In most fantasy series, the author has created an entirely new world, both historic and futuristic in nature, and often a new language, too!

The Ranger's Apprentice series follows the adventures of Will, an orphan who is chosen as an apprentice Ranger, skilled trackers, archers and warriors in the service of the King of Araluen. Will strives to keep the Kingdom of Araluen safe from invaders, traitors, and threats. He is joined on his adventures by his mentor Halt and his best friend Horace.  In the sequel series, Royal Rangers, the reader returns to the world of Ranger’s Apprentice, continuing the story arc starring fan favorites, Will and Maddie.

Reading high fantasy books helps students to develop creative thinking skills, and is a great way to encourage new and struggling writers to think outside the lines!

Watch & Explore
Prepare to Write
  • Write down the first line from a book that you enjoy--the sentence can be one that is gripping or one that simply presents opportunity. Write a short story using this as a starting point.  (Approximately two to five hand-written pages.)
  • Get a box of fortune cookies.  Each day, crack one open and use the fortune as a jumping off point for writing.  (Responses should be one to three paragraphs.)
  • "I never believed dragons existed until..."   Write the story of your dragon experience.
  • Write a short story from the perspective of your Ranger's Apprentice character (from the quiz above).
Think - These activities specifically accompany The Ruins of Gorlan (book 1).
  • Create a military report of the events that followed the death of the old King of Araluen. Write the report from the perspective of a commander for young King Duncan’s forces.
  • The villain in The Ruins of Gorlan is named Morgarath. What’s in a name? How does the author describe Morgarath? What figurative language does he use to build the sense of evil around the character? In the Harry Potter series the villain is Lord Voldemort. In the Sherlock Holmes series it is Moriarty. In a brief journal entry explain what these names/characters have in common.

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