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Novel Study Unit for:
Boy of the Painted Cave
(Student's Version)

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Novel Study Unit for:
Boy of the Painted Cave
(Teacher's Version)

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Novel Study Unit For:
Boy of the Painted Cave
(a novel by Justin Denzel)
Student�s Version (L005)

This 180-page student exercise book is based on Justin Denzel�s wonderful novel, Boy of the Painted Cave, which is about a Cro-Magnon boy living 20,000 years ago in Southeastern France, near Spain. If you have already purchased (or plan to purchase) our pre-civilization books, which are for sale in the history section of our online store, you will find this novel study to be a very good integration to them. The beauty of this novel is that it is has an excellent plot driven by fascinating characters and intense conflicts, all leading to a suspenseful, action-pact climax. This makes it an ideal novel for teaching students how to analyze novels.


This exercise book serves as a comprehensive novel analysis book. It�s designed to teach the student how to read carefully, think logically, and analyze a novel in terms of plot, characterization, conflicts, subthemes, plot-theme, and overall theme.


After reading each chapter, the student must answer several plot and characterization questions, which are to be used afterwards to prepare plot and characterization summaries. Then the student is given a list of abstract subthemes�such as courage, friendship, jealousy, superstition, etc.�that can be abstracted from the concretes, and then asked to write down the specific concretes. Such exercises train the student to �travel� up and down the hierarchy of knowledge�from concretes to abstractions and from abstractions to concretes. (The same subthemes are used later by the student to make logical connections to the student�s existing knowledge and context.)


Sometime after the literature period, but preferably the same day, the student is required to prepare plot summaries, which are basically thinking and writing exercises. The chapter�s plot will first be condensed into a paragraph that captures the essence of the plot for that chapter. Then the plot will be further condensed into a single sentence. Because the novel doesn�t have chapter titles, the student is asked to invent a title for each chapter, one that best captures the most important event of the chapter. Such exercises will train the student in the valuable skill of condensing information in terms of essentials.


The final chapter exercise is called �making connections� in which the student is asked to relate the events of the story, via the abstract subthemes, to events in today�s world or other periods of history.


After the reading the last chapter of the novel, and performing the chapter exercises, the student will begin analyzing the novel as a whole using the student�s answers to the chapter-by-chapter questions. The first exercise is to further condense the plot into stages in order to eventually arrive at the plot-theme. In addition, the student will perform the following exercises: 1) summarizing the main characters, 2) identifying the main conflicts, subthemes, and messages, 3) constructing a plotline, 4) identifying the novel�s overall theme.


Upon completion of this exercise book, the student will be more proficient at analyzing future novels (as well as plays and movies). Furthermore, the student�s ability to think conceptually will be enhanced. To use this book the student must have a copy of the novel, which must be purchased separately, such as from Amazon(Click me for a direct link.)


Although this exercise book is intended for grades 5-6, the material will be suitable for higher grades, especially if the student has not been properly trained or challenged in literature at school. If you already purchased our novel study books for Dar and the Spear-Thrower (Click me for a direct link), then we recommend doing this novel after Dar and the Spear-Thrower. Glenn's students enjoyed both novels immensely.


If you purchase this exercise book (i.e., student�s version), then we highly recommended that you also purchase at least one copy of the teacher�s version which contains all the answers to the exercises. (See below.)


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Novel Study Unit For:
Boy of the Painted Cave
(a novel by Justin Denzel)
Teacher�s Version (L006)

This book is identical to the Student's version (above) except that it contains the answers to all the questions.


Its purpose is twofold:

  1. to make the teacher's job easier so that the teacher can focus on the student
  2. to allow the student to compare his or her answer with the author's answers.