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The Old Man and the Sea LitPlan Lesson Plans (Download)

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The Old Man and the Sea LitPlan Lesson Plans (Download)


118 pages
Written by Mary B. Collins
Grades 8-12

Essentially a complete teacher's guide and novel unit, this LitPlan Teacher Pack includes lesson plans and reproducible student materials for The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway

It includes:

18 Daily Lessons 
Short answer study questions
Multiple choice quiz questions
Vocabulary worksheets for each reading assignment
3 detailed writing assignments
Individual and group activities
Critical thinking discussion questions
5 unit tests (2 short answer, 2 multiple choice, 1 advanced)
Evaluation forms
Review puzzles & games
Bulletin board ideas
Reproducible student materials
And more!

A Few Additional Notes

The group activity which follows the discussion questions has students working in small groups to discuss the idea of heroism--what it means to be a hero and the characteristics of Hemingway's code hero. Using the information they have acquired so far through individual work and class discussions, students get together to further examine the text and to brainstorm ideas relating to this theme of the novel.

There are three writing assignments in this unit, each with the purpose of informing, persuading, or expressing personal opinions. The detailed writing assignment sheets guide students through the writing assignments. The first assignment is to persuade: students pretend to be Manolin and try to persuade Santiago to go back home rather than remaining with the fish. The second assignment is to inform: following the nonfiction assignment, students write a composition about a topic related to The Old Man and the Sea. The third assignment is to give students a chance to reflect on their own lives and to express their own opinions: students write a composition entitled "But There Is Only One Me," (a take-off on Manolin's line about Santiago, "There are many good fisherman and some great ones. But there is only you.")

Note: Hemingway's writing style, using short, direct sentences, makes his work easy to use with ESL and lower level students. The ideas presented are complex, but the language is relatively simple.

LitPlan Uses

These materials are geared for whole class use but are very easily adapted for independent study work, lit circles or book groups, home school use, or tutoring. If you have never taught this book before, this manual will give you a great foundation of materials on a variety of levels. If you have taught this book before, you might like to know that many veteran teachers have told us they have found our LitPlan Teacher Pack manuals to be much more thorough and more helpful than other materials they have used.

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