Flowers for Algernon: Expository Texts Discussion Questions

Flowers for Algernon: Expository Texts Discussion Questions
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  1. 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
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While Flowers for Algernon is a work of fiction, there are many people who are willing to participate in experimental treatments in real life, especially if their treatment options are limited. Looking at three articles, one informational, one pro, and one con, students will 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.


"What is Friederich's Ataxia?" (informational)

"Why Participate in Clinical Trials?" (Pro)

"6 Hospitalized, One of Them Brain-Dead, After Drug Trial in France" (con)

The handouts that you are purchasing are discussion questions for the articles listed above. The modified articles, which I found for free online and are used as the basis for these handouts, are linked in the directions of each handout. The links take you to google documents. I have modified the articles in the following ways:

  • numbered the paragraphs
  • condensed materials (for both the informational and con article)
  • complied and merged information from more than one source (con article)
  • provided a link to the original source(s) at the bottom of each document

You are purchasing the discussion questions only, not the articles.

This product also includes an answer key.

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Analyze a case in which two or more texts provide conflicting information on the same topic and identify where the texts disagree on matters of fact or interpretation.
Delineate and evaluate the argument and specific claims in a text, assessing whether the reasoning is sound and the evidence is relevant and sufficient; recognize when irrelevant evidence is introduced.
Determine an author’s point of view or purpose in a text and analyze how the author acknowledges and responds to conflicting evidence or viewpoints.
Determine a central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text, including its relationship to supporting ideas; provide an objective summary of the text.
Cite the textual evidence that most strongly supports an analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
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