This is a lesson that usually takes me 5 days in class. I use “The Seafarer” to introduce British Literature, it’s a tough text and something like this can end up on the new standardized texts like the PARCC. This material has been organized to resemble the PARCC Literary Analysis Task- Prose Constructed Response. They will present the students with 2 readings (I have given them 3) ask a series of multiple choice questions focusing on textual evidence (I made it harder with short answer questions) and then ask them to write an essay synthesizing the two readings (sources) while making sure students develop their essays by providing textual evidence from both texts.
Included with this packet:
• The text of “The Seafarer” with 17 close reading questions that require students cite actual textual evidence for every answer they give. The questions are designed to focus readers on finding their answers in the text and be able to use the text to support any of those answers.
• A short excerpt from The Glass Castle a Memoir by Jeannette Walls which focuses on how she feels about her mother and father choosing to be homeless.
• A non-fiction article posted on The Arizona Republic (www.azcentral.com) entitled “Man homeless by choice has 'a great life'” by Edythe Jensen - Mar. 19, 2011.
• A Prose Constructed Response Essay Prompt about the theme of “isolation by choice” which runs through the three sources included.
• A rubric for the essay based on the AP Literature and Composition rubric.
• Answer Key for the “The Seafarer” Close Reading Questions- some answers are subjective and you must use your judgment to decide whether or not the student has based their answer in the text.
I also have a graphic organizer for the Literary Analysis Task- Prose Constructed Response Essay available in my store. Please take a look.