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Inkheart: A Flashlight Readers Activity

Fans of the popular book by Cornelia Funke will love these fun, visually appealing online activities that bring the story to life.


3–5, 6–8

Activity Type

  • Interactive Whiteboard Activities
  • Book Resources

Ever read a book and wanted more?Explore Inkheart,” an online literary experience from Flashlight Readers, lets fans of the Cornelia Funke book go inside their favorite read.

Students can:

Learning Objectives

While participating in “Flashlight Readers,” students will:

  • Offer observations, make connections, react, speculate, interpret, and raise questions in response to text
  • Identify and discuss book themes, characters, plots, and settings
  • Connect their experiences with those of the author and/or with characters from the books
  • Support predictions, interpretations, conclusions, etc. with examples from text
  • Practice key reading skills and strategies (cause-and-effect, problem/solution, compare-and-contrast, summarizing, etc.)
  • Monitor their own comprehension

Benchmarks for Inkheart Flashlight Readers Lesson Plans

Language Arts (McRel)

Lesson 1: It's Your Opinion

  • Prewriting: uses prewriting strategies to plan written work (e.g., uses graphic organizers, story maps, and webs; groups related ideas; takes notes; brainstorms ideas; organizes information according to type and purpose of writing)
  • Evaluates own and others' writing (e.g., determines the best features of a piece of writing, determines how own writing achieves its purposes, asks for feedback, responds to classmates' writing)
  • Uses strategies (e.g., adapts focus, organization, point of view; determines knowledge and interests of audience) to write for different audiences (e.g., self, peers, teachers, adults)

Lesson 2: Building Believable Characters

  • Uses descriptive language that clarifies and enhances ideas (e.g., establishes tone and mood, uses figurative language, uses sensory images and comparisons, uses a thesaurus to choose effective wording)
  • Uses appropriate verbal and nonverbal techniques for oral presentations (e.g., inflection/modulation of voice, tempo, word choice, grammar, feeling, expression, tone, volume, enunciation, physical gestures, body movement, eye contact, posture)
  • Understands elements of character development (e.g., character traits and motivations; stereotypes; relationships between character and plot development; development of characters through their words, speech patterns, thoughts, actions, narrator's description, and interaction with other characters; how motivations are revealed)

Lesson 3: Getting Ready to Write

  • Uses a variety of resource materials to gather information for research topics (e.g., magazines, newspapers, dictionaries, schedules, journals, phone directories, globes, atlases, almanacs, technological sources)
  • Organizes information and ideas from multiple sources in systematic ways (e.g., timelines, outlines, notes, graphic representations)
  • Prewriting: uses a variety of prewriting strategies (e.g., makes outlines, uses published pieces as writing models, constructs critical standards, brainstorms, builds background knowledge)

Susan Cheyney

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