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A Map of Earthsea: A Lesson in Cartography and Creativity from Randomness

The island of Gont, a single mountain that lifts its peak a mile above the storm-racked Northeast Sea, is a land famous for wizards. From the towns in its high valleys and the ports on its dark narrow bays many a Gontishman has gone forth to serve the Lords of the Archipelago in their cities as wizard or mage, or, looking for adventure, to wander working magic from isle to isle of all Earthsea. Of these some say the greatest, and surely the greatest voyager, was the man called Sparrowhawk, who in his day became both dragonlord and Archmage. His life is told of in the Deed of Ged and in many songs, but this is a tale of the time before his fame, before the songs were made.

He was born in a lonely village called Ten Alders, high on the mountain at the head of the Northward Vale. Below the village the pastures and plow lands of the Vale slope downward level below level towards the sea, and other towns lie on the bends of the River Ar; above the village only forest rises ridge behind ridge to the stone and snow of the heights.

A Wizard of Earthsea
By Ursula Le Guin

Oklahoma Priority Academic Student Skills (Grades 8 and 9)

Visual Literacy: The student will interpret, evaluate, and compose visual messages.

Standard 1: Interpret Meaning - The student will interpret and evaluate the various ways visual image-makers including graphic artists, illustrators, and news photographers represent meaning.

Standard 3: Compose Visual Messages - The student will create a visual message that effectively communicates an idea.

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A Fog of Earthsea: A Lesson in Visibility and the Illusion of Depth with a Controlled Collage

With sunrise came a thick white fog, as on many autumn mornings in the heigts of the island. Among their huts and houses down the staggling street of ten Alders the villagers stood waiting with their hunting bows and new-forged spears, not knowing whether the Kargs might be far off or very near, all silent, all peering into the fog that hid shapes and distances and dangers from their eyes.

A Wizard of Earthsea
by Ursula Le Guin

Oklahoma Priority Academic Student Skills (Grades 8 and 9)

Visual Literacy: The student will interpret, evaluate, and compose visual messages.

Standard 1: Interpret Meaning - The student will interpret and evaluate the various ways visual image-makers including graphic artists, illustrators, and news photographers represent meaning.

Standard 3: Compose Visual Messages - The student will create a visual message that effectively communicates an idea.

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A Light of Earthsea: A Lesson in Etching and Creating Light from Dark

Ged reached out his hands, dropping his staff, and took hold of his shadow, of the blak self that reached out to him. Light and darkness met, and joined, and were one.

A Wizard of Earthsea
By Ursula Le Guin

Oklahoma Priority Academic Student Skills (Grade 8 and 9)

Visual Literacy: The student will interpret, evaluate, and compose visual messages.

Standard 1: Interpret Meaning - The student will interpret and evaluate the various ways visual image-makers including graphic artists, illustrators, and news photographers represent meaning.

Standard 3: Compose Visual Messages - The student will create a visual message that effectively communicates an idea.

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A Balance of Earthsea: A Lesson in Notan and Balancing Light and Dark

In the oval of light for a moment there moved a farm, a human shape: a tall woman looking back over her shoulder. Her face was beautiful, and sorrowful, and full of fear.

Only for a moment did the spirit glimmer there. Then the sallow oval between Ged's arms grew bright. It widened and spread, a rent in the darkness of the earth and night, a ripping open of the fabric of the world. Through it blazed a terrible brightness. And through that bright misshapen breach clambered something like a clot of black shadow, quick and hideous, and it leaped straight out of Ged's face.

A Wizard of Earthsea
by Ursula Le Guin

Oklahoma Priority Academic Student Skills (Grade 8 and 9)

Visual Literacy: The student will interpret, evaluate, and compose visual messages.

Standard 1: Interpret Meaning - The student will interpret and evaluate the various ways visual image-makers including graphic artists, illustrators, and news photographers represent meaning.

Standard 3: Compose Visual Messages - The student will create a visual message that effectively communicates an idea.

Read more: A Balance of Earthsea: A Lesson in Notan and Balancing Light and Dark

An Illustration of Earthsea: A Contest for Artists and Illustrators

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Eligibility

The contest is open to anyone who has a library card with the Pioneer Library System.

To be eligible for a card, you must live, work, attend school, or own property in Cleveland, McClain, or Pottawatomie County in Oklahoma. You are also eligible for a card with the Pioneer Library System if you qualify for a card with the Metropolitan Library System.

To apply for a library card, visit a library of the Pioneer Library System or fill out the online application to apply for a library card.

The contest will be conducted under the auspices of the Pioneer Library System Foundation.

The contest is divided into three categories (age categories are based on age at time of submission):

Student ages 8-18;
Adult ages 19 and older;
Employees of the Pioneer Library System

Works produced through participation in a library-sponsored The Big Read workshop or class are eligible for submission in the contest.

Professional artists and illustrators are encouraged to enter the contest.

Digital images of the contest entries become the property of the Pioneer Library System and may be used in promotion and advertising of The Big Read: A Wizard of Earthsea and related activities. Artists maintain ownership and rights to the original artwork. Artists selected for inclusion in The Big Read Art Show agree to loan the original pieces for display.

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