Flowers for Algernon
The heart breaking, yet deeply symbolic science fiction story, Flowers for Algernon, by Daniel Keys is a wonderful piece of literature to engage young readers. Doing what Wake Up Sunshine does best, this simple and affordable literary study incorporates creative and high level thinking activities to motivate even the most reluctant readers.
The Flowers for Algernon RAFT Writing Project contains a Common Core-ready writing project for the English/Language Arts or Social Studies classroom.This is a culminating project to end a unit of study on Daniel Keyes's famous novel. RAFT is a powerful writing strategy that provides rigor, flexibility, and variety.
The students read the passage independently, then travel around the classroom answering the questions on butcher paper. There can be 3-4 stations with each station asking a question about a story element (i.e. one on characters, one on setting etc). Each stations has enough squares for each student in the class to write their answer. The question can be posted on the butcher paper, or on the wall. Students must support their answer with evidence from the story.