Crispin: The Cross of Lead Extension Activity
About this book
1. Create an illustrated map that follows Crispin's travels, including Stromford, the abandoned town, Lodgecot, and Great Wexley.
Teachers can create a group map on the chalkboard or with a large sheet of butcher paper. It might be fun to create the map while you're reading the book with your students.
2. Write a story about what happens to Bear and Crispin after they leave Great Wexley.
Encourage students to write the next chapter in the life of Bear and Crispin. Now that Crispin has proclaimed his freedom, where would the two of them go? What kind of new adventures might they have? Would Crispin run into Aycliffe again or would he have new struggles as a free man?
Do Bear and Crispin keep traveling or settle down in a town? Perhaps Crispin settles somewhere to start a family. Might Bear be too old to keep up his adventures? Are there any more meetings with the Green Tavern gang?
3. The novel takes place during 1377 in England. Research and find out more about the medieval life, the rulers of that time, and any wars or battles that happened within 20 years of the book. Present your findings to the class.
Students can choose one detail about English history from this time that interests them, something not necessarily from the book: how the people dress, the kind of language they spoke, what they ate or drank, and so on. Ask students to make a creative poster board presenting their findings.