Day 5

The Golden Compass Lesson Plan

Classroom Activities

  1. 1

    Lord Asriel: A Polarizing Figure

    Kind of Activity:

    Classwide Discussion


    Analyze Lord Asriel's character and role in the text from several different perspectives.

    Common Core Standards:



    Lord Asriel is a very complex figure. In this activity, your class will discuss several different ways to analyze his character.

    One might expect that in a text as infamously critical of religion as The Golden Compass, a heretical scientist and explorer in search of truth would be the hero. But Lord Asriel is not the ideal Lyra believed him to be, nor is he a picture of...

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