Teachers’ Guide to The Scarlet Cross

Chapter Activities (Gr. 7-9/10) by Margot Griffin

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Teacher Note: these activities were created to:

  • Meet the language outcomes for students, in Grades 7-9/10, outlined by The Ontario Ministry of Education.

  • Develop a hierarchy of thinking skills as laid out in Bloom’s Taxonomy.

  • Offer students of differing multiple intelligences a variety of processes and products.

The following are samples from the Ontario Ministry of Education guidelines that would apply particularly well to the study of this novel:

  • explain how authors use stylistic devices such as imagery, personification, foreshadowing and onomatopoeia to achieve particular effects in their writing

  • use a variety of print and electronic sources to gather information and explore ideas for their written work

  • use a variety of organizational techniques to present ideas and supporting details logically and coherently in written work

  • demonstrate an understanding of literary and informational forms, such as poems, scripts, newspaper articles

  • make constructive suggestions to peers when discussing a piece of writing

  • use specific examples, facial expressions, gestures, intonation, humour, visual aids and technology to engage the audience’s interest during oral presentation

  • explain differences in how individual readers perceive examples of stereotyping in texts

Questions and activities for each chapter are included.
Skills and/or outcomes are in brackets.


  1. Crusading for words: vocabulary: (Using specialized word choices to match time and place)

  2. The Purpose of Prologue: (Discovering elements of a novel)

  3. Just the Facts: (Reading for a reason; recording in point form)

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  1. Woolly Words: Vocabulary: (Combining unexpected words to create a unique image or perspective)

  2. Our Hero: (Awareness of character development)

  3. Point of View: (Ability to identify through whose point of view you are seeing the story)

  4. Minor Characters: (Ability to identify and understand the purpose of minor characters)

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  1. Origins of Words: (Dictionary skills)

  2. Mysterious Stranger: (Culture and/or life experience can affect individual interpretations)

  3. Act it Out: (Ability to recreate a piece of writing in a different form)

  4. Your Character Journal: (Identify your own responses to a character as the story unfolds)

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  1. Fearful Words: (Use words with feeling and/or action to bring characters and scenes alive)

  2. A Stranger’s Prophecy: (Research a topic to design a web page for high level challenges.)

  3. Predicting the Future: (Developing questions)

  4. Adding a New Character: (Diversive thinking)

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  1. Vocabulary: (Action - recognizing and choosing just the right verbs.)

  2. In Another’s Voice: (Choosing point of view and language to suit a character)

  3. A Way With Words: (Imagery techniques)

  4. The Missive: ( Recognize and use design elements)

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  1. An Unforgettable Meeting: (Creating character descriptions)

  2. A Time Line: (A method of organizing information)

  3. The Power of the Spoken Word: (Ability to speak in public)

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  1. Imagery: (Using word pictures to create a mood)

  2. Matching Characters Game: (Skimming for information)

  3. Then and Now: Orphans: (Research; use a different media)

  4. Males Versus Maidens: (Debating)

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  1. Alternate Words: (Using a thesaurus to build vocabulary)

  2. Heightening the Mood: (Using the weather to intensify the mood)

  3. Inner Thoughts: (Recognizing inner monologue)

  4. Mapping an Emotional Journey: (Mapping a story)

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  1. Vocabulary: (Alphabetize beyond the first letter)

  2. Healers and Herbs: (Crediting your source)

  3. Parents’ Permission: (Defending a position with facts)

  4. The Miracle of St. Dionysius: (Interpreting literature with art)

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  1. Vocabulary Selection: (Choosing the terms to fit the situation)

  2. A Plot Twist: (The purpose of plot twists)

  3. A Little Humour: (Identifying and using comic relief)

  4. Curious Children: (Developing questions from a character’s point of view)

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  1. The Encampment: (The rhythm of writing)

  2. Is This the End?: (Identifying with a character’s emotions)

  3. An Oath: (Using different forms of writing)

  4. A Minstrel Show: (Planning and performing an entertaining and informative presentation)

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  1. Postcards from Paris: (Writing in character)

  2. Communication Conundrums: (Using different kinds of media - an advice show)

  3. Our Hero to the Rescue: (Rewriting from a different point of view)

  4. The Poetry of Paris: (Turning prose into poetry)

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  1. A Charade of Feelings: (Vocabulary building and dramatizing)

  2. Importance of Dialogue: (Identifying the uses)

  3. Supporting Actors: (Understanding the purpose of supporting roles)

  4. The Journey Continues: (Group decision re continuing the map)

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  1. Dying of Thirst: (Using vocabulary in context)

  2. The Faithful and the Faithless: (Listmaking classification)

  3. A Sad Day: (Purposeful authentic writing)

  4. A Barter Market: (Recreate the culture of the time)

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  1. Opposite Reaction: (Vocabulary building)

  2. Imagery: (Creating word pictures)

  3. Point of View: (Comprehension of complex characters)

  4. Human Predators: (Speaking with purpose - a warning)

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  1. Word Mountains: (A change of setting = a change of vocabulary)

  2. War of Words: (Researching and interpreting print media)

  3. Bulletin Board: (Visual ways to display information)

  4. Silent Protest: (Ways to influence opinion)

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  1. Vocabulary: (Comprehend and classify)

  2. Time Traveller’s Report: (Interviewing and reporting)

  3. What If?: (Story inspiration)

  4. Now What?: (Predicting)

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  1. Con Men: (Recognizing and creating a villain)

  2. Foreshadowing: (Identifying this literary technique)

  3. A Priest’s Tale: (Journal writing from a character’s viewpoint)

  4. Time Passes: (Perspective in writing)

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  1. 1-18 : (Main idea - naming each chapter)

  2. The Unsung Hero: (Understanding a character’s purpose)

  3. The Cover: (Analysing - what appeals to different readers)

  4. The Story Goes On: (Writing a beginning paragraph for the sequel)

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