Teacher Guide

The Golden Compass Lesson Plan

Study Objectives

If all of the elements of this lesson plan are employed, students will develop the following powers, skills, and understanding:

  1. 1

    To interpret the themes of the novel, including loss-of-innocence, religion, sacrifice, abuse of power, and truth.

  2. 2

    To analyze the actions and motivations of the novel's characters, especially its heroine Lyra, and her complex parents, Lord Asriel and Marisa Coulter.

  3. 3

    To consider the significance of recurrent symbols in the text.

  4. 4

    To interpret the many supernatural elements of the text, and determine both how they work and what they mean.

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