The Surroundings of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

The Surroundings of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
The Surroundings of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
The Surroundings of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
The Surroundings of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
The Surroundings of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
The Surroundings of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
The Surroundings of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
The Surroundings of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
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This lesson encourages students to write with greater profundity when analyzing an author’s choices regarding argument, narrative and other literary choices. Dale Wasserman adapted Ken Kesey’s novel into the play One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and it was adapted into film and more than 50 years later the novel, play and film have reached iconic statures. Students will read and view supporting clips on the novel, film, play and themes and learn the necessary elements to write persuasively on a theme. Students will show mastery of the standards at the end of the lesson through a SOAPSTONE Analysis, Socratic discussion, short paragraph responses, and a written timed essay scored on an AP style rubric.

The TED TALK, “How Electroshock Therapy Changed Me,” by Sherwin Nuland is used in this resource. Links to different NPR, New York Times articles and videos showing the theme of the cultural, geographical, and physical surrounds affecting a character’s psychological and moral traits are in this resource. There is a narrative writing opportunity writing in the voice of the African American attendants who watch over the patients in the ward. There is a lesson on rhetorical situation in The New York Times essay, “Rebels Who Were More Angry Than Mad,” by Lisa Zeidner. All the lessons act as an explication and a building on context for the 2012 AP Literature thematic question on the cultural, geographical, and physical surrounds affecting a character’s psychological and moral traits. There is a 50-question viewing guide for the reading/viewing the play, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.

These lessons fit any Honors Literature class, Pre-AP, American Literature, AP English Language or Literature class to prepare students for AP English Language exams, Common Core extended response assessments, American Literature Course exams, the SAT and ACT essay and critical thinking activities.

There are sources for teaching the Socratic Seminar, as the lessons act as explication for the argument. The packet includes complete lessons, Common Core standards, essential and key questions.



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