Lesson Plan

The Old Man and the Sea: Anticipation Guide

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Begin your unit on Ernest Hemingway's The Old Man and The Sea with an anticipation guide. As kids read 12 statements that relate to the novel's themes, they decide whether each is true or false in their own opinion.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Include in a novel packet before beginning your unit
  • Have kids work on the anticipation guide as a warm-up activity
  • Encourage kids to choose one statement, and write a short narrative essay about a time in their life that connects to that theme
Classroom Considerations
  • Some of the lesson plan is a little wordy, but the procedure itself is good
  • Lesson plan refers to literary themes as concepts
  • Prompts kids to think about the novel's themes and connect them to their own experiences before opening the book
  • Worksheet is good, but lesson plan itself is simplistic
Common Core