Day 1

The Golden Compass Lesson Plan

Discussion of Thought Questions

  1. 1

    What was Lord Asriel investigating in the North? Why?

    Students should consider Lord Asriel's presentation to the scholars. Should we take his presentation at face value, or might he be leaving things out or changing information? Consider who he's talking to, and what he hopes to get from them. Speculate on Lord Asriel's motives. Are they political? Scientific? Spiritual? Discuss how Lord Asriel's presentation serves as exposition. What elements from his presentation do you think may recur or become more significant throughout the rest of the novel?

  2. 2

    What kind of a person is Lord Asriel? How does Lyra feel about him? How do you?

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