(From WIKIPEDIA) For Whom the Bell Tolls is a novel by Ernest Hemingway published in 1940. It tells the story of Robert Jordan, a young American in the International Brigades attached to a republican guerrilla unit during the Spanish Civil War. As a dynamiter, he is assigned to blow up a bridge during an attack on the city of Segovia. The novel is regarded as one of Hemingway's best works.
The lesson focuses on Chapter 1 of the novel. It has video links to teach the Hemingway Code of Heroes, and his sparse writing style. Using an excerpt from Ernest Hemingway’s novel, For Whom the Bell Tolls, students will read and employ important literary themes and writer’s techniques, while close reading and annotating the text. Students will view many supporting video clips. This lesson prepares students for AP Literature and Language exams, Common Core extended response assessments, the SAT essay and critical thinking activities. Students will view commentary (clipped or entirely) from a Yale Course lecture on the novel. There is writing prompt available, rubric, student samples, and scored notes from a College Board AP English website.
In this resource there is a unique detailed rubric that can be used to score Socratic Seminars in a way that encourages organic fluid discussions. In the guide there is a step by step explanation on how to conduct a fish-bowl discussion with the rubric. The Socratic seminar acts as a drama exploration. The packet includes a complete lesson, common core standards, essential and key questions, links to video clips and resources. All three lessons have an opening, work session, and closing structure.
Key words: American Literature, World Literature, Socratic Seminar, writing, war, politics, Spain, AP Literature, critical thinking, Ernest Hemingway, annotations, fiction, Spanish Civil War, guerrilla