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The Old Man and the Sea: The K-W-H-L Strategy

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Make note of what readers know, what to know, and have learned during a unit on Ernest Hemingway's The Old Man and the Sea. As class members read the book, they jot down their ideas on a KWHL chart, and consider what they have learned at the end of the unit.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Use the strategy with any novel or short story
  • Have readers update their KWHL chart throughout the novel unit
Classroom Considerations
  • The plan, crafted by a teacher candidate, emphasizes lesson rationale while overlooking extension activities
  • A helpful way to reinforce critical reading comprehension skills
  • Helps readers track the plot developments in the novel
  • Without some guidance the activity may be difficult for some learners 
  • Provides a copy of the KWHL chart with answers filled in, but no template for a blank copy
Common Core