“No dragon can resist the fascination of riddling talk and of wasting time trying to understand it.”
― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit
“The hunger of a dragon is slow to wake, but hard to sate.”
― Ursula K. Le Guin
“Dragons and legends...It would have been difficult for any man not to want to fight beside a dragon.”
― Patricia Briggs, Dragon Blood
I want the next 20 days of school to be days my First Graders
don't tear me limb from limb will never forget. I am reading A Game of Thrones by George R R Martin right now and was suddenly struck by how I have changed. I have never been one to read fantasy. A little Wrinkle in Time maybe, but not much else. A good friend suggested I try A Game of Thrones and I have sunk deep into the series. I find myself loving the imagery and the fantasy. It is while I was reading about dragons hatching that I suddenly thought DRAGONS!
So I have been madly creating a unit on Dragons to cruise us through the rest of the year. I happen to have a Dragon and Castle Lego set in my classroom that my kids adore. So I know this will be a big hit.
Dragon myths were created to allow human beings to make sense of the natural world. When a volcano erupted, it was a dragon breathing fire out of anger. When there was thunder, a group of dragons had flown overhead. Dragons are a part of our human makeup.
I found so many amazing books which I am reviewing and will share over the next few weeks. If you have any ideas, please share them! I am working on the idea that classical dragons will be the focus of our unit. Not comic strip-like dragons you see in cartoons.
These are some of the books I have adored so far.