Flowers for Algernon: Student Reading and Writing Packet - Students are guided through a close reading of "Flowers for Algernon" through a series of handouts that include Purpose for Reading questions, Writing Connection questions, as well as an analysis of the various Rhetorical Strategies that the author employs throughout the text. The packet is designed for student consumption. Room is provided for students to respond to the Writing Connection questions as well as the analysis of the various Rhetorical Strategies. The Purpose for Reading questions are provided to focus students' attention during the reading as well as to generate class discussion. However, should teachers so desire, students could respond in writing to these comprehension questions as well.
Flowers for Algernon: Reading and Writing Packet TEACHER Resource with ANS - Same as the student reading and writing packet, although this resource contains answers and additional activities to help prepare students for the Mock Trial, if the teacher chooses this option as the culminating activity.
Intelligence Testing Resources - Charlie takes three intelligence tests to determine if he is a good candidate for the surgery. This resource gives students the opportunity to experience these tests as well as to discuss the validity and reliability of each test. This resource includes an answer sheet.
Character Chart - This chart helps students to track how Charlie’s relationship with the various characters changes as the story progresses. This resource includes an answer sheet.
Distinguishing Nemur from Strauss - Although there are a lot of similarities with these two characters, there are important differences - like who didn’t want to use Charlie at first? Who conducted the research and who performed the surgery? These, and other details, are important distinctions to keep in mind, especially if your students are going to participate in the Mock Trial. This resource includes an answer sheet.
Expository Texts - While Flowers for Algernon is a work of fiction, there are many people who are willing to participate in experimental treatments, especially if there are limited treatment options for whatever ails them. Looking at two articles, one pro and one con, students can better understand the advantages and disadvantages of participating in experimental medical treatments. This is a great resource to use to help students construct arguments in preparation for the Mock Trial.
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Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.
Write arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or texts, using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence.
Delineate and evaluate the argument and specific claims in a text, including the validity of the reasoning as well as the relevance and sufficiency of the evidence.
Analyze the structure of texts, including how specific sentences, paragraphs, and larger portions of the text (e.g., a section, chapter, scene, or stanza) relate to each other and the whole.
Analyze how and why individuals, events, and ideas develop and interact over the course of a text.