Day 3

The Golden Compass Lesson Plan

Discussion of Thought Questions

  1. 1

    Why do daemons lose the ability to change shape after a person “grows up”?

    Discuss the symbolic implications of daemons losing their ability when their person reaches puberty. How might this reflect the book's theme of “loss of innocence”? Is it the physical changes or emotional/mental changes involved in growing up that make daemons settle in one form? Why might the daemon's loss of shape-shifting be a good thing? Is it inherently limiting, or empowering?

  2. 2

    Where does the alethiometer come from, and how does it work?

    Direct your students' attention to the passage describing the alethiometer's invention (initially designed to interpret astrological...

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