David Henry Thoreau once wrote, “Many men go fishing all of their lives without knowing that it is not fish they are after.” This is mystery students will explore in this unit.
These lessons examine the benefits of fishing and beyond. Fishing is explored as a metaphor for life. An NPR story explains how fishing can be enjoyed even in urban settings. A Ted Talk by a marine biologist explains how fish could save humanity in the future. A link is provided to a clip from Robert Redford’s film, A River Runs Through It. Also a link to an Academy Award winning short film based on Ernest Hemingway’s The Old Man and the Sea. Added in December 2017, a New York Times article, “The City Teenager vs. the Monstrous Snakehead,” by Alex Vadukul.
These lessons fit any Honors Literature class, Pre-AP, American Literature, AP English Language or Literature class to prepare students for AP English Language exams, Common Core extended response assessments, American Literature Course exams, the SAT and ACT essay and critical thinking activities.
There are sources for teaching the Socratic Seminar, as it acts as explication for the argument. The packet includes complete lessons, Common Core standards, essential and key questions.
Tags: AP English Language, fishing, life’s metaphor, argument, Socratic Seminar, Ernest Hemingway, American Literature, Common Core, Norman Maclean, A River Runs Through It, Ted Talks, The Old Man and the Sea, NPR
ADDED DECEMBER 2017:
Many video links to teaching the argument
Another day of lessons
Fixed broken links
Improved Socratic Seminar questions
Added more readings and fishing videos