Old Man and The Sea, The - E-Guide

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Grade Range: 9-12

English/Language Arts Credit: 1/4 Credit

Setting: Cuba, mid-1900s

Genre: American Literature

Page Count: 50 + Answer Key

Approximate Completion Time: 8 weeks

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1953 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, cited by the Nobel Committee as contributing to their awarding of the Nobel Prize in Literature to Hemingway in 1954. #173 on the Big Read List (UK's top 200).

A classic tale of the struggle of man against nature.

After 84 days without taking a fish it is Santiago's courage and perseverance of character that enables him to go out to sea in his weather-beaten boat each day despite the hardship and the disappointment of catching nothing.

In the midst of ridicule from younger fishermen, Santiago finds courage in his friendship with a young boy, Manolin, who has fished with Santiago since he was five years old. But because of Santiago's "bad luck," Manolin's parents will not allow the boy to fish with Santiago anymore.

Then Santiago goes out once more, further than usual, and he catches something—something large that pulls him and his boat out to sea. His endurance during the ordeal and in the face of apparent defeat is the stuff of legends!

Through Ernest Hemingway's story of struggle, defeat, and personal triumph, students will learn:

Author Biography: Learn about Ernest Hemingway and the fascinating history behind the author and novel.

Vocabulary words used throughout the novel, utilizing a variety of activities to stimulate retention and growth.

Literary Techniques: In-context, characterization, plot, exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, resolution, conflict, foreshadowing, symbol, personification, parallel character, synonym, stream of consciousness, descriptive language, themes, dynamic vs. static characters, Christ-like figure, hero, protagonist, tragic hero, anti-hero.

Moral Lessons and Character Values: True faith, pride & humility, work of our hands all for God, work hard to succeed, vows and God, prayer, encouragement, God’s love and faithfulness, hope, resolve, motives, attitude, sin, outer hurt cannot touch us inside, blame, partnership, bad things can happen to good people.

Activities and Writing Assignments: Mapwork, research WWI Lost Generation, deep-sea fishing, courage discussion, author writing style, research Jo DiMaggio, essay about future dreams/plans, sea creatures and birds, write using stream of consciousness, creative art or painting, poems, difficult situation essay, narrative style, advice list, Christian imagery and allusions, discouragement vs. encouragement, optimism vs. pessimism, achievement and loss.

Suggestions for Further Reading:  We include an in-depth reading list of more books by the same author(s) and other books and movies that tie in with, or are similar to, Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway.

All of the unit lessons are written from a Christian perspective!

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Extra Information

Progeny Press
Recommended Grade Level:
Cuba, mid-1900s
American Literature
Study Guide Page Count:
57 pages
Study Guide Author:
Calvin Roso
For the Book By:
Ernest Hemingway

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    4 Reviews

  • Posted by Pam Tidwell on 22nd Apr 2021


    Old Man and the Sea Guide

    I have used this and other Progeny Press guides for many years. I have used them in a private school I ran and in a homeschool setting. This guide, as well as the others I have used, offers excellent, in-depth questions with Biblical application. The ability to study the same reading material offered in a public school setting through a Biblical worldview filter is greatly needed and these guides offer students and teachers or parents just that option.

  • Posted by Mark C. on 2nd Mar 2018


    Old Man and the Sea Study Guide

    This E-guide was a tremendous help to both me and my students. The study guide questions particularly not only made sure my students were comprehensively grasping the content of the story but also causing them to reflect more deeply on the nature of human beings.

  • Posted by Beth F. on 7th Sep 2016


    A thorough study guide of

    A thorough study guide of this great book. I am a math and science geek so teaching literature to my student is a bit difficult for me. This study guide covers themes, characters, setting, while making sure the student comprehended what they read. Exactly what you would expect from a Progeny Press study guide.

  • Posted by Linda P. on 16th Sep 2014


    I love the E-Guide.

    I love the E-Guide. I was able to download it onto my computer and use it immediately. I have used Progeny Press studies in the past and loved them. While not as in depth as some other studies,all the basics are covered and then some.