The Dark is Rising by Susan Cooper
Lesson plans and teaching resources

Susan Cooper
A series of short video interviews with the author.

The Dark is Rising
A variety of reading strategies for this book, including an anticipation guide, a guided imagery activity, a KWHL activity, and more. Adobe Reader required for access.

The Dark is Rising Book Guide
Summary and author information, vocabulary practice, before-, during-, and after-reading discussion and comprehension questions, literary concepts, graphic organizers, writing activities and a writing checklist, handouts, more. 34 pages; Adobe Reader required.

The Dark is Rising Vocabulary
A list of vocabulary words and definitions. Follow the link to activities.

The Dark is Rising Vocabulary from Part I: The Finding
A list of 40 vocabulary words used in context. Follow links to words drawn from Parts 2 and 3.

The Dark is Rising Writing Prompt
5 writing prompts.

King of Shadows by Susan Cooper
Scroll down for a variety of reading activities, including character logs, practice with metaphor and simile, and practice identifying theme.

The Seeker
The 2007 movie The Seeker is based on The Dark is Rising by Susan Cooper. The 26-page guide offers post-viewing literacy and character development activities for students ages 11-15. Adobe Reader required for access.