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"The Old Man and the Sea Literary Analysis--More than Just a Man in a Boat!"

We will study this simple novella through a literary lens to determine Hemingway's message.
Bridget Herrmann
41 total reviews for this teacher
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Class Experience

By the end of the course, the student will be able to:
-Describe major characters and plot developments
-Analyze the text for figurative language (I.E. Symbolism, flashback, conflict, mood, tone, etc.)
-Explain major themes in the novella 
-Describe the writing style of Ernest Hemingway
-Verbally articulate their opinions of the novella and writing of Hemingway
-Analyze the figurative language used by Ernest Hemingway through a written culminating assignment
I have been working in the Special Education/English field for 15 years.  I specialize in supporting struggling students’ reading, writing, and language development in the high school setting (grades 9-12).  My teaching experience has included multiple grade levels, a wide variety of student abilities, and many different teaching settings and styles.  "The Old Man and the Sea" is a wonderful novella to use in teaching higher-level literary analysis skills.  The simple language allows students to learn and develop their literary analysis skills without getting lost in a challenging text.  This novella is one of my favorites and my enthusiasm for the text is contagious!  Santiago is my hero!  
At the end of the first session, I will assign reading assignments and discussion questions for the remainder of the course.  The reading load will be broken up into three (3) assignments over three sessions.  Students will be responsible for reading the assigned pages and reviewing the discussion questions prior to the next class.  Doing so will allow students to actively participate in the class discussion.  The final assessment will be a written literary analysis of the text and Hemingway’s writing style (1-2 page essay).   
Student needs: 1. Spiral notebook/paper for notes 2. Text of "The Old Man and the Sea" (Electronic version or hard copy) I, personally, use the following version: ISBN-13: 9780684801223 ISBN-10: 0684801221 Author: Ernest Hemingway Publisher: Scribner Published: May 1995 Teacher will provide: 1. Study questions for homework via Outschool
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
The culminating assignment will be a 1-2 page essay discussing Hemingway’s use of figurative language to express complex thematic elements.  Students will also receive a daily informal participation grade based on their class preparation and participation in the discussion.  
45 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 0 - 1 hours per week outside of class.


Bridget HerrmannEnglish and Special Education Teacher
41 total reviews
130 completed classes

About Me

Hello!  I am a 16-year veteran teacher who specializes in high school English Language Arts and special education supports.  I've worked in a variety of classroom settings with many different types of learners.  I believe that all students are... 
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