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The Pearl

 

In the 60 years since it was first published, John Steinbeck's novella has come to be recognised as the masterpiece it is.

 

Its seemingly simple story has a depth and subtlety not often found in more profound literature, and it offers a wealth of opportunity for study.

              

This guide differs from the many others available in its comprehensiveness and detail, its scholarship, and its wide variety of teacher- and student-friendly material and activities. 

 

Page references for both the Windmill and the Penguin editions are given.

 

Contents

 

Teaching Guide

 

Study Guide

 

Introduction

3

Introduction

2

Teaching Plan

4

Aspects of the Novel

3

Aspects of the Novel

5

After the First Reading Quiz

4

After the First Reading Quiz Answers

6

Plot and Conflict

6

Plot Summary

7

Close Reading Task Sheets

7

Plot Events Worksheet Answers

8

Towards a Deeper Understanding

12

Chapter Analysis Notes

9

Setting

13

Conflict Task Sheet Answers

14

Character Study Mnemonic

14

Close Reading Answer Guide

15

Characterisation Tasks

15

Towards a Deeper Understanding

26

Themes

16

Setting

28

Narrative Structure

18

Setting Worksheet Answers

30

Comprehension Exercise

19

Techniques of Characterisation

32

Quizzes

21

Character Study: Kino

33

Student Answers

25

Kino and the Forces of Change

35

Write-on Worksheets

 

Juana: Character Chart

36

Study Checklist and Record

2

Minor Characters: Notes

37

Aspects of the Novel

3

Language and Imagery

39

Plot Events

4

Themes: Parable, Allegory Symbolism

42

Setting

5

The Meaning of The Pearl

44

Techniques of Characterisation

7

More Theme Notes

45

Characterisation: Kino

8

Narrative Structure

47

Language and Imagery

10

Quiz Answers

49

Symbolism

14

Word search Answers

53

Vocabulary

15

Appendix: Kino's Fortunes

54

Match-up Quiz

16

 

 

Revision Worksheet

17

CD Extras:  A PowerPoint introduction to Steinbeck and The Pearl; sample essays, vocabulary exercises; notes on scorpions; extension suggestions

Word Search

18

Time Line

19

Kino's Fortunes: Graph

21

 

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