I've revised the Old Man and the Sea research project my 9th graders complete before reading Hemingway's timeless tale of endurance, victory, defeat, and acceptance.
Click here for the updated requirements, which include writing a summary of Hemingway's life and literary accomplishments and researching various aspects of fishing and the fisherman's lifestyle.
The project helps to bring to life a number of the book's key components, and allows students to see how truly incredible Santiago's oceanic feats are.
Before students are set loose in our school's library to gather information, our librarian is going to give them a primer on Internet research, and hook them up with a free Boston Public Library eCard. As an English teacher, I am grateful to have a technologically savvy ally manning our literary depository!