This unit contains over 85 pages for 57 daily lesson activities individually reviewing Kesey’s entire novel, One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest. Most reading sections have several different lessons allowing for multiple learning scenarios or the additional assignments can be completed for homework as a way to reinforce the day’s lesson.
I adhere to the basic principal that each lesson should have a beginning, middle and an end. Keeping with this simple philosophy, most daily lesson begins with a “focus and review” assignment to generate discussion on the previous day’s material and orientate the students for the upcoming lesson. The heart of each lesson requires the students to continually refer back to the text to support their ideas or opinions. Through a variety of designs, the graphic organizers, worksheets, and chart fill-ins support close reading techniques as the students will be required to cite evidence from the text to support their answers and opinions. Most lessons conclude with a “closure” activity which helps the students to review the key concepts discussed during the lesson and to offer a personal opinion about the material learned.
At times, I bring up the lessons on a smart-board or LCD projector and let the students sketch a copy of the daily chart. Other times, with the more intricate designs, I want to photocopy the worksheet for the students to write directly on the assignment. With this in mind, I tried to maintain a balance between the visual appeal of each organizer and the practicality of making photocopies for any lesson. Since it’s a word document, you can adjust colors and fonts to suit your needs.
As with most graphic organizers or handouts, I have used these lessons in a variety of learning environments including: group work, partner or neighbor work or individual practice. Some lessons are extensive and may require more than one period or can be completed for homework. Each lesson also acts as a great quiz to assess any student’s comprehension for a particular chapter of the text.
**It is important to remember that each reading section is carefully selected based the completion of a scene, plot point or action (in other words, not all reading sections are defined by chapters, but may include the subtle page breaks within the chapters since these also define a beginning or end to a specific action or occurrence within the plot) Since Kesey’s novel is not defined by numerical chapters, I made the decision to include the page numbers to the edition I use. I realize many publications are different (even in my class, we use two different editions) however, I found it essential to add page numbers as a reference and guide. Even if it doesn’t match up, it still can act as a guide and quick reference as to where to find the reading section in question. I worked under the impression that once you reviewed this unit, you could adjust the page numbering to suit your needs.
**As a reminder: Signet Printing, Penguin Books 1985 was used for the making of this unit. Accordingly, I have included the page numbers at the beginning of each reading section. I have had experiences using various publications and found that despite the pages not lining up perfectly, they can be adjusted respectively with little effort. Feel free to omit my pages and type in the pages of your particular text.