There is no Frigate like a Book - Emily Dickinson




Welcome to the 2nd annual English Challenge feat. A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin
This year's challenge will be bigger, harder & bloodier!

You will win, or will die.  But if you die it's because you quit!

Good luck, and may the seven gods be with you!


Rules and Points

The Challenge is open to everyone!  You earn points for completing the tasks below. When you have completed a task, please submit it: englishchallenge@hotmail.com or in person during class time.

Things to Do - Quick Reference

 Registry of Houses and Points - See how your competition is doing....

Join the Realm! (50 points)

It's easy to create your own family and house.  All that you need to do is to design your family's arms and sigil here. Once you have designed it using the online designer, you can save the jpg, or print it or even post it to your Facebook page!

 Just go to www.jointherealm.com, create your sigil, then download the Instagram version and send it to englishchallenge@hotmail.com

The Books!  (200 points each)

Take a trip to Westeros and enjoy the wonderfully crafted world and characters from the imagination of George R.R. Martin!

To receive your points complete a Comprehension Guide. 

Book 1 Comprehension Guide Download - A Game of Thrones

Book 2 Comprehension Guide Download -  A Clash of Kings (coming soon!)

Glossary: Another way to increase your vocabulary is to create a glossary/lexicon of the words you encounter while reading.  Print this booklet and keep it with you when you read.  You'll get an extra 50 points if you do :)

Arm yourself with Vocabulary (75 points each)

Complete the 2 scrolls: 95 Top TOEIC Vocabulary and 95 Top Phrasal Verbs.

 95 Top TOEIC Words
 100 Top Phrasal Verbs

Reading Log (100 points each)

"The great thing about reading is that it broadens your life." - George R.R. Martin

Complete a Reading Log to earn 100 points.  You can use this with articles, books or any form of reading material.  For more information on how to use the Reading Logs, click here.

Click here to get a free copy of a Reading Log.

The Books versus the Series (150 points)

Which is better?  Complete this activity to earn 150 points! Download the activity and instructions

Click here to view the chapter of the book.

Be a Troubadour (35 points each)

Write a poem or a ballad to earn 35 points.  Poems are easy! Here are some guides to help you!

(A Simple Cinquain, A Divergent Septet, A Humble Haiku, A Simple Simile)


Why not practice English while learning the words to your favorite song.  Create an account on Lyrics Training and play the game.  You earn points for every game you play. Every 10,000 points you earn on Lyrics Training you will earn 75 points here!  Why not start with The Rains of Castamere?

Metaphors (125 points)

George R.R. Martin uses songs and ballads in his books that provide wonderful metaphors to communicate to both the readers and characters alike. Do this activity on the song, "The Rains of Castamere" to deepen your understanding of the story, the characters, and to earn 125 points!

Test your brain! (100 points)

Do you have what it takes to be one of the great thinkers of the realm?  A Maester perhaps? 

Complete this puzzle/activity book to find out!

Download the booklet in pdf here.

Investigate History  (75 - 100 points)

If you live in Strasbourg, you are surrounded by history that dates back to almost 2000 years, and many monuments and buildings from its medieval history still remain.  Find a vestige of history that still exists in physical form in Strasbourg and write a one page exposé about it. 

Hint: churches are great at preserving history.

(The exposé will be graded based on clarity, relevance and grammar.  And you can earn between 75 and 100 points.)  You may do several exposés.

Explore the Past (50 points)

This one is easy!  Just visit the Musée Historique de Strasbourg (2, rue de Vieux Marché aux Poissons), and bring me the ticket!  You will get 50 points easier than Tyrion gets drunk! 

And if you're feeling really brave, ask for the Audio-guide in English!

Click here for more information about the museum.

Decipher the Cryptic Scrolls (125 points each)

What is a good literary challenge without a good "casse-tête"?  Here is a little Da Vinci Code magic to liven up the challenge and ignite your brain cells!  Each scroll is a cryptogram of a passage from one of the books of A Song of Ice and Fire, and reference a Person, Place or Thing in Strasbourg. You are given one enigma and one cryptogram. You will need to understand both clues to complete your task.

Varys needs your help to decipher these scrolls and find the Who, What and Where.

 Cryptic Scroll 1
 Cryptic Scroll 2
 Cryptic Scroll 3
Bonus (up to 75 points)

For this project you can be as creative as you like.  Find an old or new notebook or binder and decorate it and organize it to make a dossier of all of your English Challenge tasks.  

There are no set rules, but you can earn up to 75 bonus points depending on your organization and creativity.

If you need ideas, you can do a search on the Internet for "altered notebooks (or) altered binders".  Also an image search on "Game of Thrones" should find you many pics you can download and print. If not, click on either of the images for a collection of down-loadable images you can print.

Here are some DIY notebook  & binder ideas on Instructables.com



Registry of Competing Houses and Points

Click here to see a better version of the registry.