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The Pearl eNotes Essential Lessons

by eNotes

  • Release Date: February 12, 2019
  • Age Levels: Grade 10 and Grade 9
  • Pages: 168
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Each of the following lessons is geared to a specific skill category and Common Core standard. It includes a step-by-step guide to teaching the lesson as well as handouts, assessments, modification, and enrichment activities. The lessons follow accompany the short story of The Pearl by John Steinbeck.

Table of Contents:

Lesson 1: Studying Diction and Mood in a Narrative Passage

Lesson 2: Imagery in descriptive writing

Lesson 3: Creating Suspense in Narration

Lesson 4: Characterization in Narrative Writing

Lesson 5: Writing a Paragraph of Exposition

Lesson 6: Dramatizing the Story

Lesson 7: Exploring Personal Values

Lesson 8: Studying New Vocabulary Words in Context

Lesson 9: Tracing the Chronological Development of Plot

Lesson 10: Using the Dash in Punctuation

Lesson 11: The Nature of Courage           

Lesson 12: A Matter of Choice

Lesson 13: Creating Imagery

Lesson 14: Punctuating dialogue

Lesson 15: Examining Naturalism

Lesson 16: Parable/Fable

Lesson 17: A Twist of Fate

Lesson 18: The Rest of the Story

Lesson 19: The More Things Change…

Lesson 20: Universal Truths


Essential Lessons have been developed to teach students key reading skills. Whereas many lesson plans focus on the comprehension of a single text, eNotes Essential Lessons build the expertise that enables students to understand a variety of texts. Using an exemplar text as a guide, the Essential Lesson teaches students to perform textual analysis, develop an argument, and connect style, structure, and theme.

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