NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN by Cormac McCarthy
TWO UNITS COMBINED AND NEW MATERIAL ADDED
INCLUDED IN THIS UNIT ARE THE FOLLOWING:
A multiple-choice test with 25 questions, answers, and page numbers. This test is in the unit itself and as a separate PDF.
Six pages of teacher notes.
14 passages from the book and the film with questions – some of these passages show the difference between the book and the film – some are textual analysis questions. With each passage there are several short and long answer questions – see below.
50 short and long answer questions: these are a combination of essay questions, group questions, homework questions, discussion questions, and/or research questions.
The first page of the screenplay.
A copy of the 2011 AP® ENGLISH LITERATURE AND COMPOSITION FREE-RESPONSE QUESTION where No Country for Old Men was a listed work.
A copy of the poem “Sailing to Byzantium.”
Questions aligned with ELA-Literacy CCSS 8-12 - in particular with the following standards:
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL. 9-10.1; 11-12.1 Cite the textual evidence that most strongly supports an analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.2 Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze in detail its development over the course of the text, including how it emerges and is shaped and refined by specific details; provide an objective summary of the text.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.3 Analyze how complex characters (e.g., those with multiple or conflicting motivations) develop over the course of a text, interact with other characters, and advance the plot or develop the theme.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.4 Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in the text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the cumulative impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone (e.g., how the language evokes a sense of time and place; how it sets a formal or informal tone).
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.11-12.1 Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text, including determining where the text leaves matters uncertain.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.11-12.2 Determine two or more themes or central ideas of a text and analyze their development over the course of the text, including how they interact and build on one another to produce a complex account; provide an objective summary of the text.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.9-10.1; W.11-12.1 Write arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or texts, using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.9-10.2; W11-12.2 Write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas, concepts, and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.11-12.9 Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.9-10.4 Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including vocabulary describing political, social, or economic aspects of history/social science.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.9-10.1 Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.9-10.2; RI.11-12.2 Determine a central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text, including how it emerges and is shaped and refined by specific details; provide an objective summary of the text.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.9-10.3 Analyze how the author unfolds an analysis or series of ideas or events, including the order in which the points are made, how they are introduced and developed, and the connections that are drawn between them.
Both the film and the novel raise interesting philosophical concepts including, but not limited to, the following: choice, ethics, sacrifice, duty, truth, and freedom. Both the novel and the film also raise questions regarding faith in God.
The film is adapted by Joel Coen and Ethan Coen.
The film won the Oscar for best motion picture of the year in 2008 as well as the Oscar for best writing (adapted screenplay).
Some of the themes of the novel resonate with the teachings of Nietzsche - I have a unit on Nietzsche here:
HIGH SCHOOL HOTS #1 - NIETZSCHE
keywords: Cormac McCarthy; ELA; Literature; No Country for Old Men, novels, Nietzsche, CCSS, essay writing
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