For my students, reading Cormac McCarthy's "The Road" is definitely the highlight of my English III honors course. Included in this mini-bundle are three separate activities, each syncing with different Common Core ELA strands. Included are:
1. A close reading focusing on inference and characterization of the first few pages (sans the dream of the father on the very first page of the novel).
2. A group synthesis activity asking students to pool together knowledge of apocalyptic media in general. The activity prompts students to brainstorm different doomsday scenarios (plague, nuclear holocaust, alien invasion, etc.) and eventually asks them to distill their knowledge into "rules of the apocalyptic genre" (which we then apply moving forward, analyzing how "The Road" conforms and deviates from these norms).
3. A "Tracker Sheet" students use to keep tabs on developing themes and clues while reading the novel. They will use this tracker sheet to provide meaningfully cited quotations to support interpretations during a student-led seminar at the end of the unit.