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									                                           The Pearl

                                       by John Steinbeck

                                         Unit Overview

       … The ancient commission of the writer has not changed. He is charged with exposing
our many grievous faults and failures, with dredging up to the light our dark and dangerous
dreams for the purpose of improvement.

        Furthermore, the writer is delegated to declare and to celebrate man's proven capacity
for greatness of heart and spirit--for gallantry in defeat, for courage, compassion and love. In the
endless war against weakness and despair, these are the bright rally flags of hope and of
emulation. I hold that a writer who does not passionately believe in the perfectibility of man has
no dedication nor any membership in literature.

                         Excerpt from John Steinbeck's Nobel Prize Acceptance Speech 1962

Focus for study:

    1. Be able to identify the elements of a parable in The Pearl
    2. Identify and be able to apply the following literary terms: theme, setting, methods
       of characterization, symbolism, plot structure, foreshadowing, simile, metaphor,
       imagery, parallel structure, tone, connotation
    3. Create a visual, musical or dramatic product that shows a connections between a
       theme in the novel and contemporary life.
    4. Know and be able to effectively utilize the composition following techniques:
       thesis, topic sentence, concrete detail, commentary, chunk, transition devices
    5. Using the five paragraph format, take a stance and effectively argue your position
       on the following question: Finally, The Pearl is a statement of victory/defeat for
       the protagonists.
    6. Use sections of the novel effectively as a review of the essay sections:
       introduction, transitions, body paragraphs and conclusion.
    7. Analyze writing techniques that Steinbeck employs and be able to modify these in
       your own writing
    8. Identify and be able to use vocabulary from the novel
Reading schedule and terms:
Ch. 1 pg. 1-12        ____________________
        Literary terms: parable, setting, characterization, details

         Phrases: Song of the Family

Ch. 2 pg. 13 – 20 ____________________
      Literary terms: simile, setting, polytheism, symbolism, suspense

Ch. 3   pg. 21 – 40       ____________________
        Literary terms: simile, metaphor, extended metaphor, imagery, characterization,
                          symbolism, foreshadowing
        Phrases: beggars in front of the church/ “every man’s enemy”/Kino’s knuckles

Ch. 4 pg. 41 – 57 ____________________
      Literary terms: parallel structure, function of setting, connotation, details,
      Phrases: “the great theme of the morning”(52)/ “I am a man”(57)/the dealers

Ch. 5 pg 58 – 67     ____________________
      Literary terms: symbolism of Kino’s canoe/ personification “the pearl lay

        Phrases: “greedy fingers went through his clothes”(59)/ “the pearl has become
                  my soul” (67)

Ch. 6 pg. 68 - 90    ____________________
      Literary terms: stages of plot (initial incident, rising action, climax, falling action,
                      resolution), dramatic irony

        Phrases: the trackers

Summative Assessments:

   1.   Test on literary and composition vocabulary
   2.   Creative project illustrating character contrasts
   3.   Literary essay – using textual evidence to support a stance
   4.   Final exam: objective questions and one essay question

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