No Country for Old Men is a great novel for high school students. It is an exceptionally easy read--and exceptionally fun to read!!!--but with Sheriff Bell as the unlikely protagonist the novel's themes become highly complex. This alone generates thoughtful and dynamic discussion throughout the reading and lends itself to connections being made in any direction beyond the text. Below is an example of the types of connections that can be made. Teach this novel and you will be rewarded!
Poetry analyzed during the lesson:
"The Road Not Taken," by Robert Frost.
"I died for Beauty--but was scarce," by Emily Dickinson.
"Sailing to Byzantium," by William Butler Yeats.
The No Country for Old Men lesson plan is a four-week, day-to-day plan. Note: bolded headings in each day of the plan are transitional points within the class hour. All homework/handouts are copy-ready (see Blood Meridian preview and description for an example).