This 127 page resource for teaching Avi's 2003 Newbery Medal Winner has eight components. (1)The CHAPTER SUMMARIES, written in bulleted format for easy reference, provide a quick method for becoming familiar with the material when time is limited and for refreshing memory when using the novel from year to year. (2)PREREADING ACTIVITIES include a mini history lesson in living medieval, discussion and research topics, and a bulletin board idea. (3)The VOCABULARY section contains an alphabetized list of all words targeted for study along with their page numbers, book order word lists with definitions and page numbers, and worksheets that address dictionary and usage skills. (4)The chapter-by-chapter SHORT ANSWER QUESTIONS can be use as reading guides, pop quizzes, conferencing tools, etc. The questions require detailed, factual responses. (5)The OBJECTIVE TESTS, which cover the novel as chapter-by-chapter quizzes and as a whole book test, do not require story interpretation but rather check for FACTUAL story comprehension. The pages can also be put to use as discussion guides, small-group or independent reading guides, homework, and conferencing tools. (6)The THINK, WRITE, CREATE activities, both chapter-by-chapter and whole book, engage the higher level thinking skills of Bloom's Taxonomy. These prompts cover a range of difficulties from basic to challenges for gifted students. The items address various core skills such as interpretive thinking, character analysis, sequencing, vocabulary building, point of view, compare/contrast, and theme. (7)The GRAPHIC ORGANIZERS are based on specific novel events or characters. Each one offers opportunities for practicing and improving thinking and writing skills. (8)Full ANSWER KEYS . Some pages are illustrated with black and white clip art.