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New Classic Lesson Plans with Answer Keys

ESL Voices has added the following Classic Lesson Plans with Answer Keys:

The Doctor and the Doctor’s Wife by Ernest Hemingway

The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry

Visit  Other Classic Lesson Plans in the ESL Voices Library

Classics: Lesson Plans

Below are the lesson plans based on the short stories in the Classic section of the ESL Voices Library. They are listed by the author’s last name. Note that Lessons by various authors will be added on a continuing basis.

The Child’s Story By Charles Dickens

Indian Camp By Ernest Hemingway

The Doctor and the Doctor’s Wife By Ernest Hemingway

Soldier’s Home By Ernest Hemingway

Cat In The Rain By Ernest Hemingway

The Last Leaf By O. Henry

The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry

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Michigan: Hemingway’s Secret Shangri-La

“In 1898, the year before Ernest Hemingway was born, his parents bought 200 feet of frontage on Walloon Lake in northern Michigan, out in the backlands of Petoskey, a coastal resort town… Yet even Hemingway fans might draw a blank on his Michigan connection. Havana, Key West, Ketchum, Paris, Pamplona — these locales tend to conjure vintage Papa: a kerchiefed, bloated, rum-drunk Nobel laureate. Petoskey? Not so much. The gatekeepers of Hemingway’s legend have largely ignored the place… But if you want to understand the writer, you have to start here.” J. O’Connor, NYT

ESL Voices Lesson Plan for this post with Answer Key

Young Hemingway on Walloon Lake Mchigan. Photo credit- JFKlibrary

Young Hemingway on Walloon Lake Mchigan. Photo credit- JFKlibrary

 Walloon Lake Northern Michigan. Photo credit cbgreatlakes

Walloon Lake Northern Michigan. Photo credit cbgreatlakes

Excerpt:  |When Hemingway Was a Young Fisherman in Michigan By John O’Connor, The New York Times

“Absolutely the best trout fishing in the country. No exaggeration, he [Hemingway] later wrote to a friend about the Petoskey area, perhaps exaggerating a tad but hitting on an essential truth of summer in the Michigan boonies: It’s a great place to laze around and swim and fish when you want to. And the best place in the world to do nothing. It is beautiful country … And nobody knows about it but us.

A young Hemingway poses with fish that he caught in Wallon Lake in Michigan 1916. Photo credit metrotimes.com

A young Hemingway poses with fish that he caught in Wallon Lake in Michigan 1916. Photo credit metrotimes.com

By all accounts, northern Michigan had a seismic effect on Ernest Hemingway and his future work. It was a place where men lived hard and lean, ran trotlines and considered bilge water a beverage. Good stuff for essays, he wrote in a 1916 journal entry, recording fishing trip details he would later channel into Nick Adams stories.

Little Traverse Bay. Photo credit michigan.org

Little Traverse Bay. Photo credit michigan.org

It’s an odd juxtaposition to think of Hemingway, years later, sipping espresso in Paris cafes while writing about Nick Adams — a semi-autobiographical stand-in for the author’s own manly wanderings in the Michigan wilds…Probably the river most people associate with Hemingway is the Two-Hearted in the Upper Peninsula, thanks to Big Two-Hearted River. An archetype of minimalism, the story depicts Adams as a veteran wrestling with the trauma of war while trout fishing in deepest Michigan. Northern Michigan was his first Eden, and it got seared into his emotions. From that came great stories.”

Ernest Hemingway July 21, 1899-July 2, 1961

Additional Lesson Plans for stories by Hemingway:

Indian Camp

Soldier’s Home

Cat in the Rain

Read Additional Stories by Ernest Hemingway

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NATIONAL DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AWARENESS MONTH, 2013 Photo- dcmilitary.

ESL Voices Lesson Plan for this post

Level: Intermediate – Advanced
Language Skills: Reading, writing, and speaking. Vocabulary and grammar activities are included.

Time: Approximately 2 hours.

Materials: Student handout (from this lesson) and access to news article.

Objective: Students will read and discuss the article
with a focus on improving reading comprehension and learning new vocabulary. At the end of the lesson students will express their personal views on the topic through group work and writing.

I. Pre-Reading Activities

 Predictions: Using a Pre-reading Organizer

Directions:  Ask students to examine the title of the post and of the actual article they are about to read. Then, have them  examine the photos. Ask students to write a paragraph describing what they think this article will discuss. Students can use a Pre-reading organizer for assistance.

Pre-reading Organizer By Scholastic

Pre-reading Organizer By Scholastic

II. While Reading Tasks

Word Inference

Directions: Students are to infer the meanings of the words in bold taken from the article. They may use a dictionary, thesaurus, and Word Chart for assistance.

  1. The Hemingways were fresh off a luxury steamship.
  2. They were looking to  leave the suburbs.
  3. Hemingway did not exaggerate about trout fishing in Michigan.
  4. Northern Michigan had a seismic effect on Ernest Hemingway.
  5. He noted fishing trip details he would later channel into Nick Adams stories.
  6. It’s an odd juxtaposition to think of Hemingway, years later, sipping espresso in Paris cafes.
  7. It’s beautiful to see Michigan’s  terraced farmland dusted with pollen.
  8. Hemingway has several hallowed fishing spots.
  9. The story  Big Two-Hearted River is an archetype of minimalism.
  10. The village of Horton Bay was a major fixture of Hemingway’s adolescence.
Vocabulary Cluster By Learnnc.org

Vocabulary Cluster By Learnnc.org

Reading Comprehension

Word -Recognition

Directions: Students choose the correct word to complete the sentences taken from the article. They are to choose from the options presented.

Despite/spite having gown/grown up three/thee hours south of Petoskey and having fished many/money of the locust/local waters that Hemingway did, I couldn’t recall/recalls ever sitting/setting foot in the town. Nowadays I live out East and rarely/rare find my way back home. And so, in June, I finally maid/made it to Michigan, intent/intense on tracing Hemingway’s boyhood obit/orbit and seeing the country where Nick Adams came of age.

 Grammar Focus: Preposition Exercise

Prepositions:  in, for, of, with, by,  on, at, to, as, into, across, around, over,  through, from, during, up, off,

Directions: The following sentences are from the news article.  For each sentence choose the correct preposition from the choices listed above. Note that not all prepositions listed are in the article.

The Petoskey area is absolutely the best trout fishing ___the country. And the best place ___the world___ do nothing.

Driving___ the east coast___ Lake Michigan___ Glen Arbor, I cut___the pinkie of Michigan’s mitten to Traverse City.

___ Petoskey, which sits ___a bluff overlooking Little Traverse Bay, a warm breeze swept ____the lake and wheeled and skidded___the streets.

III. Post Reading Tasks

WH-How Questions

Directions: Have students use the  WH-question format to discuss or to write the main points from the article.

Who or What is the article about?

Where does the action/event take place?

When does the action/event take place?

Why did the action/event occur?

How did the action/event occur?

Discussion/Writing Exercise

Directions: Place students in groups and have them answer the following questions. Afterwards, have the groups share their thoughts as a class. To reinforce the ideas, students can write an essay on one of the following discussion topics.

  1. The following  two statements were taken from the article. Rephrase each statement in your own words, then discuss the meaning with the members of your group.

“It’s an odd juxtaposition to think of Hemingway, years later, sipping espresso in Paris cafes while writing about Nick Adams — a semi-autobiographical stand-in for the author’s own manly wanderings in the Michigan wilds.”

“Lots of people dislike Hemingway for some pretty good reasons, like machine-gunning mako sharks from his boat or the ugly vein of misogyny, homophobia and anti-Semitism that litters his fiction and personal correspondence.”

3-2-1-Writing

Directions: Allow students 5 minutes to write down three new ideas they’ve learned about Ernest Hemingway from the article,  two things they did not understand, and one thing they would like to know that the article did not mention. Review the responses as a class.

ANSWER KEY

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