This lesson on "Hills Like White Elephants" by Ernest Hemingway works well in the context of a Modernism or Hemingway unit or on its own. The lesson opens with an entertaining game to get students engaged and introduce them to the writing style of the text. In this game, students play a modified version of "taboo" where they write scripts about specific situations without using key words. This prepares them for the oblique way that Hemingway's characters talk about abortion in the story.
After the game, students will learn about Hemingway's writing style through an informative, but quick PowerPoint. Students will then apply what they have learned as they analyze the story deeply.
Included in this download are:
- A detailed lesson plan for implementation in the classroom
- Directions for the taboo game
- Writing scenarios for the taboo game
- A PowerPoint on Hemingway's style
- Analysis questions on "Hills Like White Elephants"
- An answer key for the analysis questions