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Date: Friday March 1st

Location: Main Floor Program Room, Sanderson Branch Library

Time: 1pm - 3pm

Title: Raven: A Trickster Tale from the Pacific Northwest

Author: Gerlad McDermott

Words you need to know:

  • Nouns: raven, trickster, edge, shore, chief, pine needle, elders, lodge, lid, beak
  • Verbs: fly (flew), search, perch, emerge, kneel (knelt), float, fall (fell), swallow, give birth, be reborn, carve, invite, pretend, glow, blaze, flood, pluck, throw (threw), steal (stole)
  • Adjectives: woven, delighted, curious, shining, hidden,

Practise Vocabulary with QUIZLET: https://quizlet.com/_5wuyrp

Watch on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gN687u10QQ4

Questions:

Before you read:

1. A legend is a tale or story passed down from generation to generation. Legends are created to explain something about our world. Do you know any legends?

2. The Raven in this story is a shape-shifter. Shape-shifters:

  • Possess powers
  • Can take any form though they usually appear as animals
  • Can break rules, be boastful and play tricks on both humans and gods
  • Can explain how part of the world came into being

Do you know any stories that have shape-shifters?

After you read:

  1. Why was Raven searching for light?
  2. How was Raven reborn as a child?
  3. Did Sky Chief and his daughter love the Raven-child? How do you know?
  4. What was in the box?
  5. What happened when Raven-child was given the ball of sun?
  6. How did Raven play a trick on Sky Chief and his daughter?
  7. What did Raven steal?
  8. To whom did he give the sun?
  9. Why would light be important to people in the Pacific North-West?
  10. What does this legend try to explain?

Discussion Questions:

  1. Does it make it okay to steal if you give it away?
  2. Do you like spending time in the sun? Why?
  3. How do you cope with the lack of sunlight during the winter months?
  4. Do you think it's important to read legends/teach children legends in today's world? Why?
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