O Pioneers!: Anticipation Guide

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Whet your leaners' appetite for reading O Pioneers! by Willa Cather with this anticipation guide. Individuals determine whether they agree or disagree with a list of statements related to the text, discuss their thoughts in groups, and then read a passage from O Pioneers! before revisiting those statements. A discussion follows.

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Instructional Ideas

Before opening O Pioneers! on the first day of the unit, spend some time completing this guide; pupils can read the first chapter directly after and see how these ideas relate to the text

Classroom Considerations

  • While the passage provided doesn't fully apply to all of the statements pupils are asked to weigh in on, it might be very difficult to find any passage that does; consider adding in a second passage if desired
Pros

  • Requires learners to think critically in order to take on the author's point of view in relation to the given statements
  • Combines individual work with small group discussion and a whole class recap
Cons

  • None