Literature: "The House of Dies Drear" by Virginia Hamilton
These websites are about the book “The House of Dies Drear” and author Virginia Hamilton. Includes lesson plans, quizzes, excerpts, and games. There are links to eThemes resources on writing mysteries and the Underground Railroad.
Virginia Hamilton website
This site provides biographical information, synopses of Virginia Hamilton's books, and links to additional sites about the author.
This is a grade 6-7 lesson plan for teaching the novel.
This 22 page PDF file is a discussion guide for the book. Includes worksheets for each section of the book.
Scholastic: The House of Dies Drear
Here is a lesson plan for the book that includes link to an interview with Hamilton, a booklist, and more.
Try these activities that go along with each section of the book. Also includes information about Hamilton and a list of her other books.
Epilogue to "The House of Dies Drear"
Read this excerpt from the book.
eThemes Resource: Writing: Mysteries
These sites are about the genre of mysteries. Includes activities for writing mystery stories and samples of stories written by students. There is a link to an eThemes Resource on mystery books.
eThemes Resource: Slavery: The Underground Railroad
These sites are about the Underground Railroad movement that helped runaway slaves escape to Canada. Learn about Harriet Tubman and other influential leaders. Listen to songs and read the lyrics that secretly told the escape route. Play a game that allows you to face the same decisions the runaway slaves faced. Includes maps and historic photographs, plus a link to an eThemes Resource on the slave trade.