The Da Vinci Code

by Dan Brown

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  • With a partner, research the claims made in the novel about Leonardo da Vinci's paintings Madonna of the Rocks and The Last Supper. Prepare presentations that present different interpretations of the paintings, using evidence from your research.
  • Leigh Teabing makes a number of declarations regarding the Council of Nicaea in 325. After conducting historical research on that event, stage a reenactment with other classmates of a debate that is likely to have taken place there. Conclude with your views on the authenticity of Teabing's statements.
  • Though the first word in the novel is "Fact," Brown carefully words the claims he makes in the narrative. Using his statements on the first page, compose a list that indicates only what Brown claims is true in the novel, especially "descriptions of artwork, architecture, documents, and secret rituals." Conduct research on one of those elements, such as The Last Supper or Rosslyn Chapel, to measure his accuracy. Prepare a presentation that lists each claim, followed by what you found in your research.
  • Research one of the figures named in Les Dossiers Secrets. What information can you find to suggest that the person you choose was a member of the Priory of Sion? What symbols and codes are left behind to show a connection to the secret society? Write a brief biography of that person, detailing what you found in your research.

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