The Old Man and the Sea Ernest Hemingway

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Accompany a reading of Ernest Hemingway's The Old Man and the Sea with a thorough literature packet. Although the materials are meant to prepare readers for a timed essay, the background information and the activities are sure to engage any reader in the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Incorporate the activities into a unit that uses Hemingway's novel as a core text
  • Have groups research Hemingway's Code Hero, his Iceberg Theory, his ideas about grace under pressure, and his involvement in the hunt for German shipping in the Caribbean
Classroom Considerations
  • The materials are intended to prepare learners for a timed essay examination but would be appropriate for any study of the novel
  • Test takers may used the novel while crafting their essay
  • British English spellings are used throughout the resource
  • Page numbers refer to the Heinemann New Windmills edition of The Old Man and the Sea
  • The 16-page packet includes a brief biography of Hemingway, information about his activities in Cuba, and his fascination with Cuba culture
  • Also included is a synopsis of the novel, activities, advice on how to respond to the essay question, and a practice exam question
  • No rubric is included