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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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!

Progeny Press' Old Man and the Sea English/Language Arts PDF curriculum will provide your High School grade student with:

English/Language Arts Credit: This High School level literature curriculum offers a one-quarter credit for students.
Author Biography: Explore the life of Ernest Hemingway, whose impact goes beyond the pages of his iconic works.
Vocabulary: Analyze the carefully selected words that fill the novel's pages. Engage in a variety of activities designed to not only enhance your vocabulary but also stimulate lasting retention and growth.
Literary Techniques: Navigate the literary techniques employed by Hemingway in this immersive curriculum. From in-context exploration to the nuances of characterization, plot dynamics, and the art of weaving symbols, personification, and parallel characters, delve into the layers that define Hemingway's unique style. Engage with concepts like stream of consciousness, dynamic vs. static characters, and the portrayal of Christ-like figures, heroes, protagonists, and anti-heroes.
Moral Lessons and Character Values: Discover the significance of true faith, the delicate balance between pride and humility, the notion of work as a testament to God, resilience born from prayer and encouragement, and the enduring themes of hope, resolve, and inner strength. Discuss complex concepts such as motives, attitude, sin, the invincibility of inner peace, the repercussions of blame, the power of partnership, and the truth that bad things can happen to good people.
Activities and Writing Assignments: Select from a series of dynamic activities and writing assignments that extend beyond the novel. Explore the intricacies of WWI's Lost Generation, venture into the world of deep-sea fishing, participate in courage discussions, dissect Hemingway's distinctive writing style, unravel the mysteries of Jo DiMaggio's life, craft essays envisioning future dreams and plans, and delve into the realms of sea creatures, birds, and stream-of-consciousness writing. Express creativity through art, poetry, and narrative style, and contemplate topics such as Christian imagery, allusions, discouragement vs. encouragement, and the delicate balance between optimism and pessimism.
Suggestions for Further Reading:  We include an extensive reading list featuring more works by Ernest Hemingway and other books and movies tied to or echoing the themes found in, Old Man and the Sea.

All of Progeny Press' language arts PDF download unit lessons are written from a Christian worldview!

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Formatted with your High School grade student in mind, Progeny Press language arts study guides divide the book into writing assignments and lessons that strengthen their reading comprehension, vocabulary, and refine their critical analysis and writing skills. Each Progeny Press novel study accomplishes all of this without busy work that can drain the fun out of reading and literature! Kids have loved using Progeny Press ELA curriculum in homeschool, co-ops, and private schools around the world for over 30 years!

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)

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.