Explore the concepts of evil and greed, and how it relates to man's nature.
Everything needed to make lessons effective and enjoyable are provided in this unit. Begin by preparing students with tailored questions dealing with subjects they will soon read about in the story. Strengthen student understanding with a variety of comprehension questions. Put events in order, complete sentences from the novel with their missing words, answer true or false and multiple choice questions. Put yourself in the characters' shoes by imagining living in their environment. Predict what will happen to Kino and the pearl. Role-play selling the pearl to imagine how this scene will play out in the book. Plan a debate to determine whether Kino's decision about selling the pearl was a good one. Aligned to your State Standards and written to Bloom's Taxonomy, additional crossword, word search, comprehension quiz and answer key are also included.
About the Novel:
The Pearl, written by Nobel Prize-winner John Steinbeck, tells the story of a man who tries to save his son, and finds the pearl that will help him do it. Kino's son Coyotito is stung by a scorpion. After the doctor denies to treat him, Kino finds a large pearl that he hopes to use as payment. News gets around and many people begin to want the pearl for themselves. One night, Kino is attacked and decides then and there to get rid of the pearl. He attempts to sell it at an auction that turns out to be a sham. Determined to get good money for the wondrous pearl, Kino decides to try his luck in the capital. During his journey, greed gets a hold of Kino. More and more dangers surround the family, until Kino is finally free from the cursed pearl.
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