Flowers For Algernon Teacher Resources
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From British accents to Texan drawls, a character's dialect can be an important part of the reading experience. A Six-Trait writing activity guides learners through the analysis of a character's dialect (Daniel Keyes's Flowers for Algernon, which could be part of your unit or not), and then they work on their own dialogue sentences. The exercise is meant to be repeated throughout the year, inspiring the writing of varying and creative stories.
In this online interactive reading comprehension learning exercise, students respond to 25 multiple choice questions about Keyes's Flowers for Algernon. Students may submit their answers to be scored.
In this online interactive literature worksheet, students respond to 8 short answer and essay questions about Keyes's Flowers for Algernon. Students may check some of their answers online.
Is this text too advanced for your class? Find out if it fits your class' ability level with the cloze procedure. First, have your class read the full two-page text. Then, as they read the incomplete version, they attempt to recall the words that fit in each place. If the class average falls within 40-60%, the material is right for your class!
Eighth graders investigate the main character in Daniel Keyes, Flowers for Algernon by seeking connections to other characters and to themselves. They discuss the short story and participate in journal writing activities to demonstrate an understanding of the story.
Students participate in a variety of exercises surrounding the novel, Flowers for Algernon, by Daniel Keyes. They research people with disabilities and write about how disabilities affect an individual's life.
Students read the novel, "Flowers for Algernon" and view the film "Awakenings." They discuss how specific disabilities may affect a person's life. Students participate in a "Four Corners" activity where they make choices and explain reasons for the choices. Additional activities are included.
Although Charlie's name is misspelled on this worksheet, you can easily download the document and correct it. As middle schoolers read "Flowers for Algernon," they record the development of Charlie's language throughout the text. The goal of this activity is to connect Charlie's language development to the changes in his intelligence.
Students close their eyes. They identify some characteristics of Charlie they could act out for the remainder of the class period. Students discuss Charlie's feelings after he had completed his tests. They show compassion toward Charlie for the rest of the book.
Need journal prompts for Flowers for Algernon? The first 49 slides in this presentation ask readers to respond to specific entries in the journal. The final prompt asks readers to consider whether or not they would have this surgery (personal response), whether they believe the doctors were ethical (evaluative response), and who is to blame for what happens to Charlie (interpretative response).
“What would happen if it were possible to increase human intelligence artificially?” Daniel Keyes, author of Flowers for Algernon, discusses how his novel came to be. In addition to background information about Keyes, the presentation also includes several questions drawn from an IQ test. Alas, there no answers are provided. An intriguing way to introduce Keyes’ novel.
Pupils write a persuasive letter to use or not use super-intelligence in the future that is based on the "Flower for Algernon" movie seen. They clearly state the theme of the story and their thesis should describe this theme with at least three examples from story and the movie to support their idea.
Pupils explore the writing traits of conventions and idea development. In this 6 traits of writing lesson plan, students listen to and discuss the writing style of Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes. Pupils craft sentences using different dialects and sayings with correct dialogue punctuation. Later in the year, the writer will choose a favorite dialogue sentence and write an extended scene of dialogue based on that sentence.
Students research Rorschach and other personality assessment tests in order to determine if they feel these tests are used appropriately in our society today.
Third graders discover that Christmas is a time for giving and sharing. In this Christmas spirit lesson, 3rd graders read a book about a child who is excited about Christmas trees and presents, but comes to realize that Christmas is about much more. Students discuss holidays, traditions, and sharing. Students participate in literature circles and write their own story about Christmas.
Eighth graders explore the similarities and differences between the main characters in the stories, "Flowers for Algemon and Phenomenon." Particular attention is given to the way that society treats people with mental handicaps and the change in that treatment
Students examine what it would be like to be disabled. They read literature with characters who have disabilities and discuss how society treats people with disabilities. They write an essay explaining why they are "normal."
Students view the movie "Tru Confessions" about the life of teenagers. They participate in activities in which they analyze themselves. They record their thoughts and feelings to be analyzed at a later date.
Students read short stories that are related to adolescent issues and behaviors. In groups, they review the elements of a short story and vocabulary they might need while reading. To end the lesson, they read "Sir Tatton Sykes" character sketch and write their own short story to accompany it.
Seventh graders listen to stories about Thanksgiving, free-associate with list of specific words, and combine words on their lists to to write poems, letters, or descriptive pieces containing their responses, with illustrations.