The Old Man and the Sea/Ethan Frome Curriculum Unit
Performance Outcomes and Deliverables
Character exploration; focus on importance of nature; study of creating mood through imagery; recognition of thematic, symbolic, and ironic elements; analysis of point of view and structure of novel. Supplementary materials include reading quizzes with answer keys, essay topics and a vocabulary list. Includes 10 Lesson Plans, 42 Handouts, 87 Pages, grades 9-12, high school.
- Critical thinking
- Initiative and self-direction
The Old Man and the Sea portrays the struggle of an old Cuban fisherman against nature and isolation. It depicts the fisherman attaining his goal and then losing his hard-sought victory. Readers find themselves attracted to the determined, hard-working, fiercely independent protagonist who can be destroyed but not defeated.
Ethan Frome depicts living conditions in New England villages and focuses on a practical New Englander who yields briefly to an impractical dream. It emphasizes the theme of isolation. Readers find themselves attracted to the determined, hard-working, fiercely independent protagonist who can be destroyed but not defeated.