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Dragon, Dragon by: John Gardner
Transcript of Dragon, Dragon by: John Gardner
Understanding History and Culture of Dragons
Where do they come from?
The ideology of dragons has originated from various parts of the world.
Europe, Asia, North America, India to name a few.
Purpose:European dragons are mythgical creatures used in Classical Literature.
The dragons are portrayed as "evil dragon" that are intelligent and have made a decision to harm other creatures
European vs Asian Dragons
The European dragon is a symbolic creature in christian tradition symbolizing a dark being and portrayed as evil, wicked and dangerous.
Purpose: Asian Dragons are also mythical creatures used in many asian decor, and literature.
In Asia it is held in high esteem for its dignity and power for good.The dragon is worshiped as the source of a national icon.
Symbolism of Asian Dragon
In Buddhism tradition, the Asian dragons are good luck, courageous, caring and kind. They protect the innocent from evil spirits.
Dragons in Pop Culture
Read Page 1
Page 1 Questions:
1. Based on the dragons actions, how would you characterize the dragon with one word? Use text evidence for support.
2. Make an inference as to why the cobbler thinks he is different from most people in the kingdom?
3. Based on his words, how would you describe the wizard? Make a connection with a sentence in the story.
Read Page 2
Page 2 Questions:
4. What is the author's purpose for including lines 1-15 on page 2?
5. Why was the cobbler not satisfied with the kings proposition?
Read Page 3
Page 3 Questions:
6. Page 3 lines 11-15. What do the eldest sons actions reveal about the culture?
7. How would you classify the father's advice? Why?
Read Page 4
Page 4 Questions:
8. How do the methods to take down the dragon differ from the eldest and middle son?
9. Reread lines 22-27 on page 4 and create an illustration with caption.
Page 5 Questions:
10. Use text evidence to identify the stylistic elements of a folktale present in the story?
11. What qualities are present in the youngest son?
Read Page 5
Read Page 6
Page 6 Questions:
12. What lesson did the two brothers learn? What does this lesson reveal about the cultural values.
13. Create a plot diagram labeling all the events of the plot.
The Name "Dragon"
Dragons got there name from the ancient greek word "draconta",which meant "to watch" because it was said dragons guarded ancient treasures.
Dragon Dragon Vocabulary:
1. Select a genre of classical literature:
Myth, Legend, Folktale, Tall Tale, Fairy
2. Create a children's book (4-5 pages with
detailed illustrations, and 2-3 sentences on
each page) about your dragon using two
stylistic elements found in your category of
3. Describe the stylistic elements used in
your story in the back of your book.
Short Story Exercise