Lesson Plan

The Old Man and the Sea: Directed Reading Thinking Activity

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Can you find the themes from Ernest Hemingway's The Old Man and the Sea in other books? What about picture books? Compare the novel to a picture book with a lesson about making predictions and finding textual evidence.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Have kids work on the activity in pairs or small reading groups, and share out when they finish
  • Encourage learners to find additional books, poems, or songs with the same themes and concepts
  • Prompt kids to write about a time when they wanted something beloved and couldn't get it, or lost it
Classroom Considerations
  • Lesson uses Toy Boat by Randall de Seve and Loren Long, but if you don't have the book, you can substitute with another picture book with similar themes or concepts
  • Lesson is written by a student teacher, so many of the steps are over-explained for emphasis
  • Prompts kids to make predictions as they read, as well as how to compare similar themes across multiple works
  • Much of the lesson is based on discussion, without strong assessment opportunities