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Character MappingStandard: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.5.3 Compare and contrast two or more characters, settings, or events in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text (e.g., how characters interact).As students read the book Inkheart have them create a character map. There are many mysterious characters in the book. By creating a character map students can record their understanding of the characters and how the characters change/how information is revealed in the story. As the class reads the book the teacher should check in with the students by talking about the characters and providing time for students to add to their character map. The character map can include personality traits, relation to other characters, and changes caused by events in the book.

Cornelia FunkeBiography:Cornelia Funke was born on December 10, 1958 in Dorsten, Germany. She has been very successful writing children and young adult books. She didn't realize writing would become her calling until working as an illustrator. After studying pedagogy in Hamburg, Germany she worked as a social worker for three years. While working she continued her education to become an illustrator. Working as an illustrator she developed a passion for writing. She has been immensely successful and is known as the "German J.K Rowling." Her work fits mainly into the fantasy and adventure genres. Her international success began in 2002 with the book Herr der Diebe, or in English Thief Lord. Published by scholastic, the book was a bestseller for many months and number 2 on the New York Times Bestseller list. Cornelia Funke is best known for her Inkheart trilogy, published in 2004-2008. Many of her books have been translated into English. She now lives in Beverly Hills, California. She has sold more than 20 million copies of her books worldwide.

Creative WritingStandard: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.5.2.D Use precise language and domain-specific vocabulary to inform about or explain the topic.After students have read the book Inkheart have them think about their favorite story or book. Have students determine why they like this story so much by asking questions such as, “How does the story make you feel?” or, “Who is your favorite character in the story?” Students should write their thoughts on a piece of paper. Ask students what their favorite character would act like and what he or she would do if they were placed in our world. Then have students write a description of their character and their actions in our world. Encourage them to use vocabulary and terms from the story that they picked.

Similes and MetaphorsStandard: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.5.4 Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative language such as metaphors and similes.After students have read the book Inkheart, analyze as a class the descriptive writing Cornelia Funke uses. Review the use of similes and metaphors, by providing students with a copy of a page from the book and having them highlight all the similes and metaphors they can find. Then have students write about an everyday situation with as many similes and metaphors they can think of.

Notecard QuotesCCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.5.1 Quote accurately from a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text. At the beginning of each chapter Cornelia Funke presents a quote from another book. Discuss why she might be doing this. Then have students choose quotes from the book and discuss why they like/think the quote is important. Have them write their favorite quote on a notecard and share this notecard with a partner. They can then discuss the significance of the quote before sharing it with the entire class.

Reckless Summary The young adult Jacob Reckless finds a mysterious mirror in his missing father's study. Beyond the mirror there is a magical fairytale like world. When Jacob isn't paying attention his brother follows him to this world and a fairy curses them.

Inkheart SummaryIn the book Inkheart, the main characters Meggie, a 12 year old girl and her father, embark on a great adventure and encounter magical figures from a foreign world. Their adventure begins when a stranger, Dustfinger, visits. Meggie and her father flee from their home with the valuable and at the same time dangerous book Inkheart. Inkspell SummaryIn the second book of this trilogy, Inkspell, Dustfinger a fire breather who has lived in the human world for the entire first book, finally succeeds in returning to his world. He had desperately been trying to get back. Eventually Meggie and Mo, are sucked into the Inkheart world as well. There they encounter numerous adventures and many dangerous situations. Inkdeath SummaryThis is the final book in the Inkheart trilogy. Meggie and Mo are still caught in the Inkheart world. Their hope is fading and their world is getting darker. The life in the book, they are caught in, has been hard. They face challenges such as the immortal Adderhead.

Book List NovelsThe Thief Lord(2000) Dragon Rider (2004)When Santa Fell to Earth (2006)Igraine the Brave (2007) Saving Mississippi (2010)Ghost Knight (2012)Young Werewolf (2013) A Griffin's Feather (2016) Mirror World Series Reckless ( 2010Fearless (2013)The Golden Yarn (2016) Inkheart triologyInkheart (2003)Inkspell (2006)Inkdeath (2008)GhosthuntersGhosthunters and the Incredibly Revolting Ghost (2006)Ghosthunters and the Gruesome Invincible Lightning Ghost (2006)Ghosthunters and the Totally Moldy Baroness! (2007)Ghosthunters and the Muddy Monster of Doom! (2007)C.H.I.X The Summer Gang (Book 1, 1993)The New Girl (Book 2, 1995)Picture BooksThe Princess Knight (2003)Pirate Girl (2005)The Wildest Brother (2006) Princess Pigsty (2007)The Pirate Pig (2015) Emma and the Blue Genie (2015) Gawain Greytail and the Terrible Tab (2015)Monster Busters (2015)Sea Urchins and Sand Pigs (2015) Ruffleclaw (2015)The Monster from the Blue Planet (2015)The Moonshine Dragon (2014)

Contact Information: General questions: Fan Mail address for US letters:Cornelia Funke9663 Santa Monica Blvd Beverly Hills, CA 90210 USA

ReflectionInkheart:While reading the book Inkheart the reader encounters the themes of perseverance, good vs. bad, and love. These themes connect the reader to the various characters because they cause empathy.The many adventures Meggie and her father, Mo, encounter build relationships and show that strong relationships are likely to lead to success. While reading the book I kept putting myself in Meggie’s shoes and thinking about the choices I would make if I had her crazy talents. Cornelia Funke’s writing style is marvelous. The entire book captivates readers, written with many similes and metaphors, to describe the magical Inkheart world. This book could be used to analyze a number of themes. I would use it to address perseverance and collaboration, and the connection between them in this story. Reckless:In the book Reckless readers are taken on a magical adventure in another world with many fairy tale elements. The reader can connect with this story especially, if he or she has a strong liking for fairy tales. I think this is the main reason I enjoyed the book so much. The reoccurring fairy tale theme could be analyzed and used to study the role of fairy tales, or any kind of story, in our society. Once again Cornelia’s writing captivates readers and lets them visit the enchanted world, in this case, behind a mirror. The book will fascinate students and encourage creativity.

Links!Official WebsiteBlog on Cornelia's WebsiteInterview about the book series FearlessInterview from WriterunboxedInterview with Harper!Interview with Phoebe and Martha!Interview with Sunday TimesInterview with Expanded BooksReading of Reckless

Mini Lessons!All 4 mini lessons listed below are for Inkheart by Cornelia Funke.


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