Yann Martel, Life of Pi
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Life of Pi
Summary, analysis, criticism, assessments, more.

Battle at Kruger
Lions battle over a baby water buffalo. (Eight minutes; I won't spoil the ending.) This could form the basis for a good pre- or post-reading writing prompt.

Interview with Yann Martel
Martel discusses Life of Pi. This interview runs 7:11 and can be downloaded.

Life of Pi
A collection of reading strategies and activities: an anticipation guide, rubric for writing a review of the novel, mini-research on vicious animals, character web, a four corners activity, and more.

Life of Pi
Several teacher-made resources, including chapter questions, an introductory slide presentation, literature circle worksheets, a rubric, and guidelines for a comparative essay.

Life of Pi by Yann Martel
Brief summary and 21 questions for writing or discussion.

Q and A With Life of Pi Author
The author responds to written questions submitted earlier.

Trailer for Ang Lee’s Life of Pi Is a Visual Treat
Commentary and the first trailer for the movie. A good pre-reading activity would be to ask students what expectations this trailer creates in their minds. After finishing the novel, students might assess the trailer's fidelity to the novel or make suggestions for improving it.

Vocabulary from Life of Pi:

Words are presented in context and with definitions. Click on a word for pronunciation, synonyms, more.

Life of Pi
Follow links on this page to interactive vocabulary practice.

World Book Club
Scroll down to a 2007 BBC interview with Martel.