Comparing Hemingway to Young Adult Literature

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Challenge groups to create a recommended reading list of contemporary young adult fiction that explores the same themes found in Ernest Hemingway's short stories and novels. After examining a list Hemingway created and a list put together by the lesson creator, young literary scholars create a list of suggested titles.

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Instructional Ideas
  • Instructors should read the entire 17-page teaching guide linked in the Included Materials section of this review before deciding to use the series with their classes
Classroom Considerations
  • Young adult literature is usually considered designed for readers from the age of 12 to 18
  • Lessons have a definite point of view; the subject matter of the video clips is more appropriate for high school and college readers; therefore, preview the resource to determine if appropriate for your classes
  • Requires copies
  • Familiarity with A Farewell to Arms would be beneficial but not necessary
  • Clips are from the documentary Hemingway by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick
  • The interviews in Spanish include English subtitles
  • The stand-alone activity of having groups create a recommended reading list for others is appropriate for readers of any age 

  • Some learners will need additional scaffolding to understand the connections between the video clips and the activities