Dragon Run for Teachers
Dragon Run is a book filled with magic, dragons and high adventure.
It's also a book overflowing with ideas.
Al lives in a world where dragons assign each mortal a number to determine his or her worth. Instead of rebelling against these ranks, the mortals accept them. They judge and treat each other based on their ranks.
Whether you're teaching history, language arts, or social studies, there are plenty of ideas just in that quick world description for your class to chew on. Here are three:
- What if people could be judged effectively, with each one getting a stamp on the back of the neck? Would that be a good thing?
- What if people could be bred to be perfect? Would that be a good idea? Has anyone ever tried it in real life?
- Do you see any ranking going on in today's world? Are some people treated differently than others? Should they be?
Scholastic has their own way of calculating reading level. According to them, Dragon Run appeals to 4th through 6th graders, and its reading level is grade 5. The Scholastic web site lists Dragon Run as being for ages 8 - 12.
I’ll tell you a secret, though: a much wider range of ages (including adults) are enjoying this book!