Skellig Activities

Instructor: Christopher Muscato

Chris has a master's degree in history and teaches at the University of Northern Colorado.

''Skellig'' is a children's novel that mixes the mundane and fantastical. These activity ideas will provide students with ways to interact with the ideas and themes of this story.


Skellig is a 1998 children's novel by British author David Almond in which a boy discovers an odd creature in the garage. The creature, named Skellig, turns out to be much more than he appears. It's a fun and intriguing story with very human elements, interspersed with imaginative fantasy. These activities can help your students engage with the text in unique and creative ways.

Skellig Activity Ideas

Discussion Questions

After having read Skellig, ask students to take a few minutes and jot down their thoughts about the plot, characters, settings, and themes of the story. After that, each student will try to write 15 discussion questions about the story. Ask students to try and move beyond simple questions like ''what happened'', as well as questions that can be answered in a single word (i.e. yes/no questions). Students should strive to write questions that will prompt a discussion about the book's themes, structure, plot, or the emotions it elicits. Once students have their list of questions, divide students into groups and have them go around their groups presenting their discussion questions one at a time.

  • Materials: Copies of Skellig, writing supplies

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