Teaching The Maze

Just as in Far North and many over Hobbs' other YA adventure/survivalist novels, there are many great resources on his webpage for teaching The Maze. I will list below some of the more fascinating and practical ones. Again, these lessons can prove to be interdisciplinary, great for middle school classrooms. 

Condor reintroduction in Arizona has been coordinated by The Peregrine Fund, an organization working for conservation of various birds of prey around the world. Their Web site at www.peregrinefund.org has a wealth of information about the condors and regular notes about the progress of the newly released young condors. It would be a terrific connection for kids. Look for the field notes from Vermilion Cliffs on condors.

— Find out if there's anyone in your area who flies hang gliders, or who has experience with hang gliding or parasailing and invite them in to speak to the class.

— There's quite a discussion in Chapter 11 about the issue of public land and how different people feel about it. Explore the concept of public land, of land set aside for all of the people of the United States, whether it's in your home state, in the West, or in Alaska. This can refer to National Forest, National Parks and Monuments, Bureau of Land Management, Division of Wildlife, state parks and preserves, and other designations. Is there any public land near where you live? Who uses it? What are the benefits of having places like this?

— Career possibilities: Research careers in wildlife conservation, and in working for agencies like the National Parks or U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. What sort of preparation would be needed? What would be the pros and cons of this sort of a career?

Perhaps one of the greater ways to involve other works with Maze is to teach Icarus concurrently, the story referenced many times throughout Hobbs' text. Several versions of the tale can be found at the link below. It is quite a short story itself and could be utilized in a lesson for student's to reflect upon while reading Maze. 


The following website even has a game on the myth.


Certainly any educator could teach the two tales and invite discussion on mythology and its prevalence in modern literature, and this could lead to a unit or a few lessons on mythology as well.

Hobbs, W. (n.d.). Will Hobbs Official Website - Teachers & Librarians. Will Hobbs Official Website - Children's Book Author. Retrieved April 23, 2011, from http://www.willhobbsauthor.com/teachers.html#maze