1a. Where does Rhayader live? What does he do there?
2a. Why does Frith first visit Rhayader? Why is she frightened?
3a. What happens when the goose leaves in spring? How does the goose mark the passing of time?
4a. What does Rhayader set off to do? What does the goose do?
5a. In what ways does Rhayader demonstrate love, understanding, and kindness? Mark the points in the story where Frith comes to learn more about the person Rhayader really is.
6a. What does Rhayader mean to Frith during Part One of the novella? How would she describe her relationship with him? How do her feelings change in Part Two? What does the snow goose mean to Frith? In The Snow Goose, the reader knows Frith only in the context of the lighthouse, in the company of Rhayader and the snow goose. How important to her is this part of her life?
1b. Why has he gone to live alone? What about him makes his appearance deceptive?
2b. How does Frith overcome her fear of Rhayader? What periodically frightens her away again?
3b. How does the goose's departure affect Rhayader? How does the goose affect the relationship between Rhayader and Frith? How do things change between them as time passes?
4b. Why does Rhayader leave? How does his leaving affect Frith?
5b. How, in Frith's mind, does the snow goose become Rhayader? Why does the snow goose leave? Where does it go?
6b. Putting yourself in Frith's place, describe what you would do after the destruction of the lighthouse. Where would you live? How would you pass the days? What would be important to you? How would you cope with the changes that occurred? How would you deal with your memories of the snow goose and of Rhayader?
Novella. How well does the author create dynamic characters in The Snow Goose? How well is the plot developed? How important is the setting, and how does the author use setting as an essential part of the story?
Description. How does the author's description of setting enhance the story? How does the author's description of the main characters strengthen the story's plot and theme?
Theme. What possible themes from the story can you name? How is the theme (or themes) developed? On what other elements of the story is the theme dependent?
Foreshadowing. Look back at the story and identify specific passages where foreshadowing occurs. Then find the event that is foreshadowed. Use a graphic organizer like the one below to make a picture of your findings.
1. Using the soldiers' accounts of Rhayader's actions during the evacuation of Dunkirk, write a brief newspaper article about his role in the event.
2. Write song lyrics based on The Snow Goose, recreating the novella's mood and theme. Imagine that the song is to be performed during a memorial ceremony for artists, for animal advocates, or for World War II heroes.
3. Write the message for a memorial plaque for Rhayader that will stand on the site of the abandoned lighthouse.
Studying Migration Patterns: Form small groups. With the other members of your group, make a list of eight to ten birds to study. Using encyclopedias, bird-watchers' field guides, and other materials, find information about the migration patterns of the birds on your list. Try to locate answers to the following questions for each type of bird. Where does the bird winter? Where does it spend the summer? Are its habitats broad or limited? What is the average distance it covers when migrating? After compiling this information about each bird, develop a chart as a group. Along the left side of the chart, label each row with the name of one of the birds studied by the group. Along the top, make a column for each of the following: winter habitat, summer habitat, broad or limited habitats, and migration distance. Fill in each cell in the chart. Then compare and contrast the data.
• Which bird travels the longest distance?
• Which bird summers the farthest north?
• Which winters the farthest south?
• Which has the smallest habitats?
• How many birds have similar migration patterns?
• Which has the most unusual migration pattern?
Research Log. Use this log to keep track of the sources you use, the information you find, and your reactions to what you learn.
Book and print sources:
Where does the bird winter? Where does it spend the summer? Are its habitats broad or limited? What is the average distance it covers when migrating?
Which bird travels the longest distance?
Which bird summers the farthest north?
Which winters the farthest south?
Which has the smallest habitats?
How many birds have similar migration patterns?
Which has the most unusual migration pattern?
Proofreading for Spelling Errors. Rewrite each of the following sentences, correcting the misspelled word.
1. The recurrance of the daily tides marked the passing of time.
2. The marshland is a lonely, desolite place.
3. The story has been garnered from many different sources.
4. The man's mishapen body made some people nervous.
5. Many birds returned each year to Rhayader's wildfowl sanctuary.
6. The moarnful calls of the geese signaled their departure.
7. He surpressed his worries about the dangers ahead.
8. The snow goose mysterously appeared one day.
9. Alarm siezed Frith as she realized what was happening.
10. The fascinating story became fragmentery as it wound to an end.
Identifying Dialect. The Snow Goose contains dialect, a version of a language spoken by the people of a particular, place, time, or social group. Scan The Snow Goose and list ten examples of dialect that you find. Then rewrite these words and phrases the way you would say them.
Example: "It's hurted."