Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes is a classic, heart-wrenching short story where students learn compassion for others. This study guide includes 6 pages that aligns with the short story. Elements within the packet include: subplot, parallel episodes, using context clues, brief research elements, as well as comprehension and critical thinking questions. This unit ends with an additional 6 pages of a step-by-step process of writing an essay in correlation of the story. The instructions walk students through formal essay requirements and provide a formula for a successful essay. The essay directions guide students through using a cover page, running head, using a basic 5 paragraph format, using parenthetical citation and citation of sources. It walks students through brainstorming, peer editing, and provides a rubric for both students and teachers. This is ready to print and utilize in a classroom.