This is a 53 page lesson plan for The Old Man And The Sea written, tested, and approved by working classroom teachers. The main components of this plan are the following:
-An in-depth introductory lecture
-Chapter-by-chapter study questions
-A multiple-choice test
The plan is divided into a teacher and a student edition. The teacher edition provides complete answer keys.
Excerpt from introductory lecture:
"The Old Man and the Sea endures as a great work of literature in large part because it is deceptively simple. The plot focuses almost entirely on one character, Santiago, as he battles a great fish at sea, but through the old Cuban fisherman’s encounter with the fish, Hemingway examines the meaning of courage and the strength of the human spirit. The language in the novel is simple and direct; the straightforward sentences drive the action in the narrative toward its conclusion. On a surface level, The Old Man and the Sea is an action-adventure tale that develops two primary conflicts: man vs. nature, and man vs. himself. On a deeper level, Hemingway creates a special kind of literary symbolism that has been interpreted in different ways since the novel was first published."