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Red Badge of Courage, The - Study Guide

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The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane unit study guide lesson plans for literature and reading from a Christian worldview with Biblical integration. Teacher resource curriculum, hands on ideas, projects, worksheets, comprehension questions, and activities.

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Through Stephen Crane’s enduring classic about the nightmare of war, students will learn:

Author Biography

Background Information.

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

Literary Techniques: characterization, in context, similes, metaphors, self-justification, role models, natural law, Christ figure, parallel, synonyms, antonyms, foil, coming-of-age,

Moral Lessons and Character Values: fear & cowardice, mortality, courage, maturity, anger, heroism, suffering and the refining it causes.

Activities and Writing Assignments including wordsearch, speech about what makes a ‘just’ war, explorative essay about the Gettysburg Address, essay on coming-of-age, essay on nature and war, create a Civil War timeline, creative writing Civil War letters home, read biographies, write a short historical play, field trip to battlefields, journalism interview of a war veteran.

Suggestions for Further Reading:  We include an in-depth reading list of more books by the same author(s) and other books that tie in with, or are similar to, The Red Badge of Courage. Movie suggestions included.

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

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Recommended Grade Level:
Virginia, 1863, American Civil War
American Literature, Historical Literature
Workbook ISBN:
Study Guide Author:
Gregory Power
For the Book By:
Stephen Crane
Study Guide Page Count:
58 pages