sing down the moon - literary discussion guidesing down the moonby scott o'dellliterary discussion guide1. charactersbright morningwhite deerrunning birdtall boybm's parentsbm's siblingsold bearbm's dognehanalong knivesthe spaniardsold apache womanrositasenorawoodcuttermandolittle rainbowlr's babies2. conflictperson vs. self (inner conflicts of feelings & thoughts)person vs. person (protagonist vs. antagonist)person vs. society (larger organizations/belief systems of society)person vs. nature (battling the elements of nature)3. themes/symbolsdescribe the use of historical fiction -- in this case the 1863-65history of the navaho indians. is it effectively portrayed?analyze the clothing, housing, lifestyle, etc.define the themes concerning native american culture, nature,women's roles, and racism (extermination of a race?).analyze the use of native american culture/ritual. compare itto the white and spanish american culture of the time.define and research mesa, utes, navaho, fort sumner, bosqueredondo.compare and contrast the weapons of the navaho and those ofthe long knives and spaniards.how does the difference in weapons foreshadow the future of thenative americans?what do the sheep symbolize?what do tall boy's injuries symbolize or foreshadow?what does the kin-nadl-dah (womanhood ceremony) symbolize?4. pre-reading/post-reading activitiessocial sciences: mythology & native cultures, women's roles, ritual, etc.science: tribal life, tall boy's injuries, etc.