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“Flowers for Algernon” is a poignant short story that really gets students thinking critically about real life dilemmas. In this lesson you will find pre-reading prompts that can be turned into a four corners class debate, pre-reading vocabulary, vocabulary extension activity (that they can serve as a refresher sometime mid-unit), during reading progress reports/comprehension questions, directions for a during reading activity of making a Rorschach in class, a final Rorschach project, and the unit test.
To make grading, and your life, easier, answer keys are included for the test, as well as the during reading Progress Reports. A rubric is included for the vocabulary extension and the final Rorschach project. The Rorschach Project is its own PDF within the ZIP file so you will find everything needed for it in that file. The test combines the vocab and the story. .
Also included is a brief (12 slides) EDITABLE introductory PowerPoint!
This "Flowers for Algernon" Unit covers the following Common Core State Standards:
Key Ideas and Details
Cite the textual evidence that most strongly supports an analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text, including its relationship to the characters, setting, and plot; provide an objective summary of the text.
Analyze how particular lines of dialogue or incidents in a story or drama propel the action, reveal aspects of a character, or provoke a decision.
Craft and Structure
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone, including analogies or allusions to other texts.
Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas, concepts, and information through the selection, organization, and analysis of relevant content.
Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, relevant descriptive details, and well-structured event sequences.
Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.
Vocabulary Acquisition and Use
Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words or phrases based on grade 8 reading and content, choosing flexibly from a range of strategies.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.8.6Acquire and use accurately grade-appropriate general academic and domain-specific words and phrases; gather vocabulary knowledge when considering a word or phrase important to comprehension or expression.
Speaking and Listening
Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 8 topics, texts, and issues, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly.
Acknowledge new information expressed by others, and, when warranted, qualify or justify their own views in light of the evidence presented.
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