Flowers for Algernon Unit
Purpose: Read to discover what happens when a simple person becomes a genius.
|to read and analyze a short story about a scientific experiment involving human intelligence|
|to examine the functions of irony and foreshadowing in a story|
|to examine an author's purpose and write an essay about an author's style.|
Author: Meet Daniel Keyes
Focus Activity: List three or four advantages of becoming smarter and more talented. What disadvantages do you see?
Setting: 1965 in New York City
Background: There are several kinds of scientists who study the brain and mind.
|a neurosurgeon studies and operates on the brain|
|a psychiatrist studies the workings of the mind|
|a psychologist studies behavior, including thoughts, feelings, and learning abilities|
There are many tests to measure human intelligence. The Intelligence Quotient, or I.Q., is one such measure. In recent years, scientists have come to think that people have "multiple intelligences" -- special abilities for language, music, physical coordination, and other areas.
o From the story:
WORD-STUDY BOXES (Frayer Model)
o Intelligence tests:
§ Rorschach Test
§ Thematic Apperception Test
§ IQ – Intelligence Quotient Test
o Literary terms:
§ Author’s purpose
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|Entry #||Journal Topic|
|1||Evaluate Charlie. What kind of person is he? How do you know?|
|2||Does Charlie understand what “temporary” means and why is this important? Or How would you feel being pitted against a mouse?|
|3||Define irony and explain how the conversation the doctors have is ironic (page 116).|
|4||What changes in Charlie’s personality become apparent immediately after his surgery?|
|5||What is the difference between the way Charlie sees his friends and what the reader sees? Is this irony? Explain.|
|6||Why do we need the information about Charlie’s friends? Is it important to the story? Can the story take out the “friends” and still be powerful/meaningful?|
|7||How does Charlie’s reading Robinson Crusoe help to explain the changes he’s undergoing?|
What is the irony in the situation when Miss Kinnian runs into the ladies room?
|9||How does Charlie’s revelation about punctuation parallel his revelation bout his friends?|
|10||Is it good that Charlie now understands why people laugh at him? Is he better off?|
|11||Why is this ironic, “People don’t talk to me much any more or kid around the way they used to. It makes the job kind of lonely.”|
|12||What do you think of Miss Kinnian’s definition of intelligence (intelligence is not only facts and figures, but experience and the ability to make connections)?|
|13||What is the importance of Fanny’s comments? What is she comparing Charlie to and why is that important?|
|14||What aspects of the “old” Charlie are still evident, even though he is a different person?|
|15||What do you think of Charlie’s decision to work to increase human intelligence? Is it the right choice? Or should he teach scientists to leave well enough alone?|
|16||Find an example of foreshadowing and explain it.|
|17||Have you changed your thinking about what is worse – never having had intelligence or losing it? Have you heard the saying, “ignorance is bliss?” Agree/disagree|
|18||Why is it important to Charlie that someone know what is happening to him?|
|19||What is the difference between Charlie’s July 10 and July 14 entries?|
|20||What do you believe is the significance of the title, “Flowers for Algernon?”|
Choose one of the following “Flowers for Algernon” projects to create that is best suited to your talents:
Writing Option: “Flowers for Algernon” ends quite abruptly. Through journal entries, continue Charlie’s journey. Remember to use the same style and format as the author. You must have six more entries and each entry must be at least half a page in length.
You will also need to write an editorial about the story. Explain what you liked and disliked about the story. Be specific and give reasons for your opinion. Would you recommend this story to others? Your editorial needs to be at least one page in length. Use details from the story and explain your opinion in detail!
Newspaper: Design a front-page of a newspaper that is devoted entirely to “Flowers for Algernon”. It needs to have the following elements: a title, 3 articles with pictures, and headlines for each article. The articles should explain the major events from the book using details and quotes from the book. The newspaper project should be the size and shape of a real newspaper.
Mural: Create a “Flowers for Algernon” mural on poster board that contains the following: an illustration and description of the four main characters; an example of the three types of conflict with an illustration for each; plot chart of the story; and a summary of the story (minimum half a page in length).
Story Board: A storyboard records the significant events with pictures. The storyboard should contain a minimum of ten boxes. Each box needs to contain a picture or symbol for the main event, color, and a paragraph explanation under the box.
Grades are based on the following criteria:
Content (25) - Facts, details, quotes are correct.
Quality (25) - Project is neatly done and effort is shown. Spelling and grammar are correct.
Creativity (25) - Color and imagination is evident.
Directions (25) - All components of the project are complete.
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