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Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes

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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
  • Graphic Novel
  • Mind Map

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Pixton Lesson Plan on Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
Pixton Lesson Plan on Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
This free, printable Pixton lesson plan brings short stories to life with comics and storyboards.

Main Characters

Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes

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

  • Charlie Gordon from Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
    Charlie Gordon

    32-year-old cognitively-disabled protagonist and author of progress reports

  • Alice Kinnian from Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
    Alice Kinnian

    Charlie’s teacher and love-interest

  • Professor Harold Nemur from Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
    Professor Harold Nemur

    Scientist in charge of the experiment to improve Charlie’s intelligence

  • Dr. Strauss from Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
    Dr. Strauss

    Neurologist and psychiatrist and Nemur's partner who performs Charlie's experimental operation

  • Burt Selden from Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
    Burt Selden

    Friendly graduate student who helps with Strauss and Nemur's experiment

  • Algernon from Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
    Algernon

    White mouse that first successfully undergoes Charlie's experimental operation

  • Fay Lillman from Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
    Fay Lillman

    Charlie’s neighbor and love-interest in the apartment he escapes to after the science convention

  • Rose Gordon from Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
    Rose Gordon

    Charlie’s abusive mother

  • Matt Gordon from Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
    Matt Gordon

    Charlie’s father who tried to protect Charlie from Rose's abuse

  • Norma Gordon from Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
    Norma Gordon

    Charlie’s younger sister who was cruel and jealous as a child but who is kind as an adult

  • Uncle Herman from Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
    Uncle Herman

    Charlie’s uncle who took care of Charlie and found him the job at Donner’s Bakery

  • Mr. Donner from Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
    Mr. Donner

    Owner of the bakery where Charlie works

  • Frank Reilly & Joe Carp from Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
    Frank Reilly & Joe Carp

    Employees at Donner’s Bakery who bully and defend Charlie

  • Gimpy from Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
    Gimpy

    Baker who secretly steals from Mr. Donner

  • Fanny Birden from Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
    Fanny Birden

    Bakery employee who is always kind to Charlie

  • Dr. Guarino from Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
    Dr. Guarino

    Doctor who Charlie visits as a child who falsely promises to be able to increase his intelligence

  • Hilda #2 from Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
    Hilda

    Charlie's nurse while he is recovering from the operation

  • Meyer Klaus from Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
    Meyer Klaus

    New Donner’s Bakery employee when Charlie loses his intelligence and goes back to work

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Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes

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  • Apple
    Apple
  • Bed
    Bed
  • Blackboard
    Blackboard
  • Bottle
    Bottle
  • Cage
    Cage
  • Rose
    Rose
  • School
    School
  • Skyline
    Skyline
  • Stove
    Stove
  • Wheelchair
    Wheelchair
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Teacher Guide

Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes

Step 1Class discussion with students

Getting Started

Explain to students that the short story was written in 1959. As a class, read "Flowers for Algernon" by Daniel Keyes (available online).

Opening Discussion

Discuss the following:

  • What do you know about the beliefs about and treatment of individuals with cognitive disabilities in 1959?
  • What do you know about the testing and experimentation performed on individuals with disabilities?
  • What is a progress report?
  • What is the difference between writing a progress report about yourself and having someone else write a progress report about you?
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
    Symbolism & Motif

    Track throughout the text and complete after reading.

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  • Make a Storyboard
    Major Themes

    Complete after class reading and discussion.

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  • 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.

Step 3Concluding discussion with students

Discuss the following:

  • Compare and contrast the characters in the story.
  • What was unique about the way the story was written?
  • How did the point of view enhance the plot and themes?
  • 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: Flowers for Algernon 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: Flowers for Algernon 2 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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Pixton Activity: Flowers for Algernon 3 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 of the major themes:

  • Write the theme in the panel title
  • Create an image that summarizes the theme
  • 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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