Typical teacher scenario: English instructors find themselves tasked with teaching a work of literature they have never taught before. To prepare a unit of lessons, they start by searching for materials that will provide them a better understanding the book.
An online search will bring up an array of commercial websites such as Cliff Notes, Spark Notes, Book Rags, Grade Saver, etc. – all essentially plagiarizing each other and all offering only a superficial grasp of the work.
Searching scholarly articles through college library sites will produce verbose and professorial writing that offers few ideas and insights practical for the high school student.
Wading through videos, reading through notes from teacher editions, asking help from colleagues – it is all time-consuming and often less than rewarding. What to do?
The English Teacher’s Guide to Candide by Voltaire provides easy-to-read yet engaging insights perfect for the high school classroom from an instructor who has taught literature at every level for more than 30 years.
This guide provides a variety of tips and quips, anecdotes and allusions, strategies and suggestions to bring the book alive in class. Designed as a handy reference, the guide will supply the busy teacher with concise yet perceptive insights into each chapter – always striving to answer the question: What was the author’s purpose?
But That’s Not All!
Also included in this guide are discussion/journal activities, study guide questions, pop quizzes, and an exam with an essay prompt and the exam key.