Skellig Discussion Questions

Instructor: Shanna Fox

Shanna has been an educator for 20 years and earned her Master of Education degree in 2017. She enjoys using her experience to provide engaging resources for other teachers.

Skellig is a masterful work of magical realism most appropriate for upper elementary and middle school. These discussion questions will help you guide your students through the characters, symbolism, and theme of this haunting and heartwarming story.

Skellig by David Almond

Skellig is a work of magical realism that brings the real lives of main characters Michael and Mina together with the magic of the mysterious creature Skellig. With dynamic characters, meaningful symbolism, and complex themes, this book is a great option for upper elementary and middle school students.

Use these discussion questions to guide your students as they analyze the components of the novel. You may want to engage students in a whole group discussion or provide a list of questions to teams of students. A few of the questions could also be posed for written responses to use as a summative assessment.

Note: These questions are designed to be used after students finish reading the novel.

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