The Old Man and the Sea: Narrative Essay

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Finish a unit on Ernest Hemingway's The Old Man and the Sea with a narrative essay. Based on Santiago's harrowing adventures, the essay prompts readers to think about a time when they were faced with a challenge, overcame a disability, or were afraid of something.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Have readers incorporate evidence from the book to make connections between the novel and their own narrative
  • Encourage writers to exchange essays before turning them in, and have them use the rubric to peer edit
  • Use the writing prompts as journal entries earlier in the unit, so that writers can choose which of their shorter responses they could expand into a larger essay
Classroom Considerations

  • Directions for the activity are vague

  • Comes with a rubric for clear and straightforward assessment
  • Prompts are general enough for readers to be able to relate to at least one
  • Provides a space for writers to jot down sensory details that they can include in their writing

  • You'll need to fix some of the formatting issues, particularly with the rubric and grade sheet, before providing the materials to writers
Common Core