Flowers for Algernon Short Story Unit PRINT AND DIGITAL

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Grade Levels
6th - 8th
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133 pages
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Told from the perspective of a rapidly changing character, Daniel Keyes’ “Flowers for Algernon'' can be a challenging story to teach. Thankfully, this short story unit will make it easy to guide students through the mystifying concepts of intelligence and happiness as your class engages in these “Flowers for Algernon” activities.

First, students will investigate the foundations of psychoanalysis as they explore a Rorschach test and try to escape a classroom maze. Next, they will explore perspective through character journals and identify with the main character by creating mazes of their own! After reading, students will dig into Charlie’s changes through a language study, participate in a lively Socratic Seminar, create a creative poem, and wrap up their learning with a Response to Literature essay. Students will become as curious as Charlie as they engage in these fun activities!


  • Scope and Sequence Chart 
    • This chart offers guidance on setting up a calendar for your unit. The chart is for a 5-week unit, but you can remove activities if you want a shorter unit. 
  • Instructions for Use 
    • Step-by-step guides on teaching this unit’s lessons and orchestrating its projects and activities. 
  • Inkblot Activity Includes an editable version
    • What Can We Learn from an Inkblot? Handout
    • Inkblot Handout
    • Inkblot Cards
    • Interpreting the Rorschach Test Handout
      • Students will view inkblots and analyze their interpretations 
  • Maze escape activity Includes an editable version
    • “Four Influential Figures” Article
      • An article to give students background knowledge on four people who influenced the field of psychology, and whose theories influenced the psychologists in “Flowers for Alergnon”
    • Maze Escape Instructions for Use
      • Follow these instructions to set up a classroom maze, which requires students to respond to questions regarding the “Four Influential Figures” article.
    • Maze Cards
    • Maze Escape Answer Tracker
  • Evidence Tracker Handout
    • As they read, students will use this tracker to collect evidence for their Response to Literature essays. Includes an editable version.
  • Evidence Tracker Instructions for Use Includes an editable version.
  • Another Perspective Handout
    • This handout will teach students how to analyze character perspective. Includes an editable version.
  • Character Journal Project Includes an editable version
    • Character Journal Handout
      • These student directions will guide students through the process of writing journal entries from the perspective of a character other than Charlie.
    • Character Journal
    • Sample Journal Entry
    • Character Journal Reflection
  • Charlie’s Maze Project Includes an editable version
    • Obstacles Chart
      • A chart to help students identify and explain obstacles in Charlie’s life that have made it hard for him to find happiness
    • Charlie’s Maze Student Directions
      • These directions will show students how to use the obstacles from their charts to design a maze that represents Charlie’s search for happiness. 
    • Charlie’s Maze Reflection
  • Charlie’s Changes Handout Includes an editable version.
  • Charlie’s Changes Handout + Language Study Booklet 
    • These materials will direct students on how to analyze Charlie’s language. Includes an editable version.
  • Socratic Seminar Activity Includes an editable version
    • Socratic Seminar Questions
    • Socratic Seminar Instructions for Use
    • Socratic Seminar Observation Checklist
  • Poetry Writing Activity Includes an editable version
    • A Poetic Look into the Mind of Charlie Handout
      • These directions will walk students through three types of poems they may write: a found poem, concrete poem, or poem with two voices.
    • Poetry Samples Handout
      • An example of each type of poem to help guide students as they write
    • Poetry Reflection Handout
  • Response to Literature Essay Activity Includes an editable version
    • Response to Literature Graphic Organizer
    • Response to Literature Graphic Organizer Sample
    • Response to Literature Essay Sample
  • “Flowers for Algernon” Exit Ticket
    • A brief activity to wrap up your unit, students will respond to questions regarding the story’s topic of happiness and how it relates to intelligence. Includes an editable version.
  • Digital Version
    • This resource includes a digital version, which includes a digital version of each of the activities listed above. It includes clear student directions, so students at home can work through the resource on their own. Editable


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Total Pages
133 pages
Answer Key
Included with rubric
Teaching Duration
2 months
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