This document is designed for a 4-5-week study of The Alchemist by Paulo Coehlo. It includes text-dependent questions, formative assessments and exit tickets, writing tasks, homework, supplemental poems for theme comparison, and summative assessments. It is an “all-in-one” resource for the work students should do to develop a deep understanding of the text, and every question and assessment is Common Core-aligned.
While The Alchemist can be a challenging text for students who struggle with symbolism and the parable genre, it can also be inspiring when continuously applied to students’ personal lives, as it contains advice for living a happy and purposeful life. I hope these questions help make your novel unit successful. Please don’t hesitate to reach out for help with any part of the document.