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A Separate Peace by John Knowles

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Featured Layouts

When students complete the activities in this lesson plan, they will use the following comic layout types.

  • Character Map
  • Storyboard
  • Plot Diagram
  • Graphic Novel
  • Mind Map
  • Comic Strip

Your students will create amazing images like these in no time!

This free, printable Pixton lesson plan brings American literature to life with comics and storyboards.
Pixton Lesson Plan on A Separate Peace by John Knowles
This free, printable Pixton lesson plan brings American literature to life with comics and storyboards.

Main Characters

A Separate Peace by John Knowles

When you import any of the activities below, you can choose to share these ready-made characters with your students.

  • Gene Forrester from A Separate Peace by John Knowles
    Gene Forrester

    Narrator and protagonist, codependent on Gene, seen in early thirties and as teenager

  • Finny from A Separate Peace by John Knowles
    Finny

    Gene's classmate, rival, and best friend

  • Leper Lepellier from A Separate Peace by John Knowles
    Leper Lepellier

    Gentle, unpopular classmate of Gene's who has mental breakdown during war

  • Brinker Hadley from A Separate Peace by John Knowles
    Brinker Hadley

    Straight-laced and confident classmate who is determined to find truth about Finny and Gene

  • Cliff Quackenbush from A Separate Peace by John Knowles
    Cliff Quackenbush

    Manager of the crew team

  • Chet Douglass from A Separate Peace by John Knowles
    Chet Douglass

    Gene’s main rival for the position of class valedictorian

  • Mr. Ludsbury from A Separate Peace by John Knowles
    Mr. Ludsbury

    Summer session disciplinarian in charge of Gene’s dormitory

  • Mr. Patch-Withers from A Separate Peace by John Knowles
    Mr. Patch-Withers

    Summer session substitute headmaster of Devon

  • Dr. Stanpole from A Separate Peace by John Knowles
    Dr. Stanpole

    Caring school doctor at Devon who operates on Finny

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A Separate Peace by John Knowles

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  • Book
    Book
  • Branch
    Branch
  • Building
    Building
  • Gavel
    Gavel
  • Hurt
    Hurt
  • River
    River
  • Stairs
    Stairs
  • Sun
    Sun
  • Tank
    Tank
  • Tree
    Tree
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Teacher Guide

A Separate Peace by John Knowles

Step 1Class discussion with students

Getting Started

Have students review the front and back cover of the book, examine the cover images, read the book jacket summary, discuss the significance of the title, and make a prediction about the content of the book.

Opening Discussion

Discuss the following:

  • In your opinion, is it human nature to feel happy for other's success or to envy it? Explain your reasoning.
  • In your opinion, what makes some people supportive and others envious?
  • Do you think citizens have a duty to fight in their countries wars? Why or why not?
  • What is codependency? What are its effects?
  • What is enmity? Why does this exist?
  • What is a coming-of-age tale and what is usually included in this type of novel?
  • Do you believe individuals drastically change throughout their life or do you believe they stay relatively the same? Why or why not?
Step 2Pixton comic-making activities
  • Make a Character Map
    Character Map

    Begin at the start of the text, and make additions throughout the reading.

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  • Make a Storyboard
    Major Themes

    Complete after class reading and discussion.

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  • Make a Storyboard
    Symbolism & Motif

    Track throughout the text and complete after reading.

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  • Extension / Modification
    Plot Diagram (Extension / Modification)

    Create a Plot Diagram to illustrate the main events in the text.

  • Extension / Modification
    Graphic Novel (Extension / Modification)

    Illustrate a Graphic Novel version of the text.

  • Extension / Modification
    Mind Map (Extension / Modification)

    Create a Mind Map to illustrate the setting and imagery in the text.

  • Extension / Modification
    Comic Strip (Extension / Modification)

    Create a Comic Strip to illustrate examples of figurative language used in the text.

Step 3Concluding discussion with students

Discuss the following:

  • Compare and contrast the characters in the story.
  • Were you surprised by any of the characters' motives, choices, or actions? Why or why not?
  • What were the main themes of the story?
  • What were the major symbols and motifs? What made them important?
  • What do you think the climax of the story was?
  • What was the author's purpose in writing this story?
  • What was the text's overall tone (author's attitude) and mood (reader's reaction)?
  • How might the context of when this text was written influence the content and themes?
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Pixton Activity: A Separate Peace 1 Character Map

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  • Character Map

Intro

Determining character traits is an important skill necessary to understanding the conflicts and themes of the plot. The characteristics that make up the main character and supporting characters help shape the outcome of the narrative.

Instructions

Choose three of your favorite characters from the text and create a Character Map for each one.

  • It's important to add as many details as you can to all the parts of the map.
  • Include an appropriate illustration based on the character traits outlined in the novel.

See the rubric for grading guidelines.

Rubric: Character Map

Use this interactive rubric for easy, thorough assessment. It can even be used by students for self-assessment!

5 4 3 2 1
Overview The character map is thoughtful; descriptions are detailed and informative. The character map is fully developed; accurate details and insightful descriptions. The character map is complete; descriptions are simple and settings are accurate. The character map includes basic details, but is not fully developed. The character map does not accurately reflect the characters.
Meaning Ideas, information and use of detail • strong point of view
• summary is clear and highly detailed
• descriptions are thoughtful and highly developed
• significant details that make characters unique and dynamic
• relevant ideas with consistent analysis
• summary is clear and accurate
• logical descriptions that clarify and develop the idea
• characters are similar; includes relevant details
• relevant ideas with some analysis
• summary is short, but accurate
• descriptions are simple and consistent
• characters similar to description
• some relevant ideas
• summary has several errors
• descriptions are brief and lack detail
• characters vaguely looks like description
• often very brief
• summary is has significant errors
• descriptions are difficult to follow
• characters do not look like description
Style Clarity, variety, impact of visuals and language • language is clear, varied
• flows smoothly; variety in sentences
• images and characters are fully developed; high attention to detail
• language is clear with some variety
• includes a variety of sentence lengths and patterns
• images and characters have purpose and significance
• language is clear with little variety
• basic sentence structures with a few variations
• images and characters are basic, but have purpose
• basic language; vague at times
• repeats a few basic sentence structures
• images and characters have minimal development
• vague, incorrect and repetitive language
• poorly constructed sentences; little variety
• images and characters are poorly developed
Form Organization and sequence • proper organization
• panels are thoughtful and detailed
• all panels are organized or logical
• all panels are present
• most panels are organized or logical
• all panels are present
• some panels are organized or logical
• some panels may be missing
• panels are not organized or logical
• panels are missing
Conventions The text demonstrates standard English conventions of usage and mechanics • demonstrates precise English conventions
• uses eloquent words, rich sensory language and mood to convey a realistic picture
• demonstrates precise English conventions
• uses precise words, controlled sensory language and mood to convey a realistic picture
• demonstrates standard English conventions
• uses words and phrases, telling details and sensory language to convey a vivid picture
• demonstrates some accuracy in standard English conventions of usage and mechanics • contains multiple inaccuracies in Standard English conventions of usage and mechanics
Total
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Pixton Activity: A Separate Peace 2 Major Themes

Featured Layouts

  • Storyboard

Intro

Discuss the themes in the text. Ask students to identify what truths about life or people they understood better after reading this text.

Instructions

In a Storyboard, illustrate at least three examples of a major theme in the text:

  • Write the theme in the panel title
  • Include an appropriate image
  • Include dialogue or a description that fits the theme

See the rubric for grading guidelines.

Rubric: Major Themes

Use this interactive rubric for easy, thorough assessment. It can even be used by students for self-assessment!

5 4 3 2 1
Overview The theme is highly developed; examples have significant purpose and are highly detailed. The theme is well developed; examples are specific and provide ample support. The theme is briefly discussed; examples are accurate but not fully explained. The theme is poorly discussed; vague or irrelevant examples. The theme is not identified; lacks any supporting examples.
Meaning Ideas, information and use of detail • strong point of view
• develops ideas clearly and logically with details, examples, and descriptions
• relevant ideas with consistent analysis
• logical descriptions or examples clarify and develop the ideas
• relevant ideas with some analysis
• examples or descriptions are simple and consistent
• few relevant ideas
• examples or descriptions may be poorly developed or illogical
• ideas are not developed
• few details or descriptions
Style Clarity, variety, impact of visuals and language • language is clear, varied
• flows smoothly; variety in sentences
• images and characters are fully developed; high attention to detail
• language is clear with some variety
• includes a variety of sentence lengths and patterns
• images and characters have purpose and significance
• language is clear with little variety
• basic sentence structures with a few variations
• images and characters are basic, but have purpose
• basic language; vague at times
• repeats a few basic sentence structures
• images and characters have minimal development
• vague, incorrect and repetitive language
• poorly constructed sentences; little variety
• images and characters are poorly developed
Form Organization and sequence • proper organization
• examples are properly referenced
• panels are thoughtful and detailed
• all panels are organized or logical
• examples are properly referenced
• all panels are present
• most panels are organized or logical
• examples are properly referenced
• all panels are present
• some panels are organized or logical
• examples are not/improperly referenced
• some panels may be missing
• panels are not organized or logical
• examples are not referenced
• panels are missing
Conventions The text demonstrates standard English conventions of usage and mechanics • demonstrates precise English conventions
• uses eloquent words, rich sensory language and mood to convey a realistic picture
• demonstrates precise English conventions
• uses precise words, controlled sensory language and mood to convey a realistic picture
• demonstrates standard English conventions
• uses words and phrases, telling details and sensory language to convey a vivid picture
• demonstrates some accuracy in standard English conventions of usage and mechanics • contains multiple inaccuracies in Standard English conventions of usage and mechanics
Total
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Pixton Activity: A Separate Peace 3 Symbolism & Motif

Featured Layouts

  • Storyboard

Intro

A symbol is an object that represents a deeper meaning than what is on the surface. The use of symbolic images by an author is usually used to help develop the characters and theme. A motif is a recurring idea or literary device that enhances the theme.

Instructions

In a Storyboard, illustrate at least three of the major symbols and/or motifs:

  • Identify the symbol/motif in the panel title
  • Write an explanation as to why the symbol/motif is important
  • Include an appropriate illustration

See the rubric for grading guidelines.

Rubric: Symbolism & Motif

Use this interactive rubric for easy, thorough assessment. It can even be used by students for self-assessment!

5 4 3 2 1
Overview The symbolism is highly developed; examples have significant purpose and engage the reader. The symbolism is well developed; examples are specific and provide sufficient support. The symbolism is briefly discussed; examples are accurate but not fully explained. The symbolism is briefly discussed; vague or irrelevant examples. The symbolism is not identified; lacks any supporting examples.
Meaning Ideas, information and use of detail • strong point of view
• develops ideas clearly and logically with details, examples, and descriptions
• relevant ideas with consistent analysis
• logical descriptions or examples clarify and develop the ideas
• relevant ideas with some analysis
• examples or descriptions are simple and consistent
• few relevant ideas
• examples or descriptions may be poorly developed or illogical
• ideas are not developed
• few details or descriptions
Style Clarity, variety, impact of visuals and language • language is clear, varied
• flows smoothly; variety in sentences
• images and characters are fully developed; high attention to detail
• language is clear with some variety
• includes a variety of sentence lengths and patterns
• images and characters have purpose and significance
• language is clear with little variety
• basic sentence structures with a few variations
• images and characters are basic, but have purpose
• basic language; vague at times
• repeats a few basic sentence structures
• images and characters have minimal development
• vague, incorrect and repetitive language
• poorly constructed sentences; little variety
• images and characters are poorly developed
Form Organization and sequence (supporting examples identified) • proper organization
• examples are properly referenced
• panels are thoughtful and detailed
• all panels are organized or logical
• examples are properly referenced
• all panels are present
• most panels are organized or logical
• examples are properly referenced
• all panels are present
• some panels are organized or logical
• examples are not/improperly referenced
• some panels may be missing
• panels are not organized or logical
• examples are not referenced
• panels are missing
Conventions The text demonstrates standard English conventions of usage and mechanics • demonstrates precise English conventions
• uses eloquent words, rich sensory language and mood to convey a realistic picture
• demonstrates precise English conventions
• uses precise words, controlled sensory language and mood to convey a realistic picture
• demonstrates standard English conventions
• uses words and phrases, telling details and sensory language to convey a vivid picture
• demonstrates some accuracy in standard English conventions of usage and mechanics • contains multiple inaccuracies in Standard English conventions of usage and mechanics
Total

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