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. These combined focuses ensure greater student comprehension and analysis of the text in alignment with the Common Core State Standards.
This 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.
Additional resources are also available:
*Flowers for Algernon: Reading and Writing PowerPoint Presentation - includes warm up activities, sentence starters, and guided student interactions that take students step-by-step through this packet.
*Flowers for Algernon Character Chart - track how Charlie's relationship with the other characters changed over the course of the story
*Flowers for Algernon: Distinguishing Nemur from Strauss - an especially useful handout for teachers who choose to conclude this unit with the Mock Trial as students will be able to clearly distinguish the competing motives and personality traits of these doctors.
*Flowers for Algernon Mock Trial Packet - jurors must decide if the doctors behaved in an ethical or unethical manner when performing the surgery on Charlie