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The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

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Pixton Lesson Plan on The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
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Pixton Lesson Plan on The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

Main Characters

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

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  • Santiago from The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
    Santiago

    The protagonist, a young shepherd determined to fulfill his Personal Legend.

  • The Alchemist from The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
    The Alchemist

    A 200-year-old, powerful alchemist living in the Al-Fayoum Oasis

  • Crystal Merchant from The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
    Crystal Merchant

    A struggling merchant who owns a crystal shop on top of a desolate hill

  • Englishman from The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
    Englishman

    A science student determined to learn the secrets of alchemy

  • Melchizedek from The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
    Melchizedek

    The King of Salem

  • Fatima from The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
    Fatima

    A beautiful and chaste young "desert woman"

  • Gypsy from The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
    Gypsy

    An old woman living in Tarifa who interprets dreams

  • Camel Driver from The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
    Camel Driver

    A friendly former orchard owner who is content with his life despite his obstacles

  • The Tribal Chieftain of Al-Fayoum from The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
    The Tribal Chieftain of Al-Fayoum

    A strict and ruthless chieftain who lives in luxury

  • Merchant’s daughter from The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
    Merchant’s daughter

    The daughter of the merchant who buys wool from Santiago.

  • The Monk from The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
    The Monk

    A Coptic monk living near the pyramids of Egypt.

  • Merchant from The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
    Merchant

    A merchant who buys wool from Santiago on a yearly basis

  • Santiago's father from The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
    Santiago's father

    A kind, unadventurous family man

  • Young Man from The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
    Young Man

    A scam artist living in Tangier who speaks Arabic and Spanish

  • Candy Seller from The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
    Candy Seller

    A generous vendor in the Tangier marketplace

  • Barkeep from The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
    Barkeep

    A bartender who lives in Tangier

  • Caravan Leader from The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
    Caravan Leader

    The bold leader of a caravan traveling across the Sahara Desert from Tangier to Egypt

Featured Props

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

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  • Book
    Book
  • Bottle
    Bottle
  • City
    City
  • Coin
    Coin
  • Dunes
    Dunes
  • Jewel
    Jewel
  • Pyramid
    Pyramid
  • Sheep
    Sheep
  • Smoke
    Smoke
  • Stars
    Stars
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Teacher Guide

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

Step 1Class discussion with students
  • Ask students “Why do we have goals in life?” Give students time to think about their answer before generating a class discussion.
  • Have students write a journal entry on a goal they have in their life. Ask students to think about why they have this goal, how it will help them in the future, and what strengths or skills they have to help them achieve it.
  • Ask students to think about this question: “What is more important: the journey or the destination?” Have students jot any ideas down, share in partners or small groups, and then generate a class discussion.
Step 2Pixton comic-making activities
  • Make a Comic
    Character Sketch

    Begin after the first chapter, and make additions throughout the unit

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  • Make a Comic
    Major Themes

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  • Make a Comic
    Conflict and Plot

    Complete at the end of the novel

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Step 3Concluding discussion with students
  • What does The Alchemist teach us about our own life and how we should live it?

  • The Alchemist is considered a classic and a book everyone should read in their lifetime. Why do you think that is?

  • Do you think this book should be treated as a self-help book for readers? Explain your opinion.
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Pixton Activity: The Alchemist 1 Character Sketch

Intro

Understanding characterization is an important skill that will help reinforce key attributes of the novel’s characters, and help create connections with the plot and theme. The characteristics that make up the protagonist and other characters help shape the outcome of the narrative.

Instructions

Choose two of your favorite characters from The Alchemist and create a Character Map for each one.

  • It's important to add sufficient detail to all the parts of the map.
  • Include an appropriate illustration based on the characters' attributes that are outlined in the novel. See the rubric for grading guidelines.

Rubric: Character Sketch

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: The Alchemist 2 Major Themes

Intro

Three major themes in The Alchemist are:

  • Personal Legends
  • The Unity of Nature
  • The Danger of Fear

Instructions

For each major theme, identify at least three examples in the novel and depict them in a Mind Map or Storyboard:

  • Identify the theme in the title or map center.
  • Identify the paragraph number in the panel title.
  • Create an image that summarizes the scene.
  • Formulate a brief description of how the example fits the theme.
  • In a final panel, briefly describe how the theme causes the reader to reflect.

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: The Alchemist 3 Conflict and Plot

Instructions

Summarize The Alchemist in a six-panel Plot Diagram.

  • Include a brief description and an illustration for each point of the plot diagram (introduction, rising action, climax, falling action, conclusion), as well as for the main conflict.

  • Be sure to identify the key points that are essential in defining each specific act.

  • Think about relevant quotes that could be used to help create meaning in each panel.

See the rubric for grading guidelines.

Rubric: Conflict and Plot

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 plot diagram is focused, with advanced use of language/ideas. The plot diagram is accurate, well developed, with consistent use of details. The plot diagram is complete and accurate; lacks consistent use of specific details. The plot diagram is basic; has several errors,or lacks detail. The plot diagram is inaccurate and difficult to follow.
Meaning Ideas, information and use of detail • strong point of view
• summary is clear and highly detailed
• descriptions are thoughtful and highly developed
• relevant ideas with consistent analysis
• summary is clear and accurate
• logical descriptions that clarify and develop the idea
• relevant ideas with some analysis
• summary is short, but accurate
• descriptions are simple and consistent
• some relevant ideas
• summary has several errors
• descriptions are brief and lack detail
• often very brief
• summary is has significant errors
• descriptions are difficult to follow
Style Clarity, variety, impact of visuals and language • varies language to develop meaning
• varies sentence structure for effect
• images and characters have impact on the meaning of the panel
• language is clear with some variety
• varies sentence structure
• makes attempts to use descriptive language
• images and characters have purpose and significance
• language is clear with little variety
• basic sentence structure with a few variations
• images and characters are basic, but have purpose
• basic language; vague at times
• some variety in sentence length and type
• 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 (beginning, middle, end) • proper organization
• sequence is highly effective and has purpose
• all panels are thoughtful and detailed
• all panels are organized or logical
• logical sequence
• all panels are present
• most panels are organized or logical
• consistent attention to sequence
• all panels are present
• some panels are organized or logical
• some attention to sequence
• some panels may be missing
• panels are not organized or logical
• no attention to sequence
• 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

Example Storyboard

Conflict and Plot in “The Alchemist” by Student
ExpositionSantiago is a shepherd who loves to travel with his herd. When he sleeps in a church under the sycamore tree at night, he has dreams of a child telling him to go to the Egyptian Pyramids. ConflictSantiago meets the King of Salem, who tells him he must go to Egypt to find his treasure and fulfill his Personal Legend. Rising ActionAfter working for a crystal merchant to save money, Santiago joins a caravan across the dessert. The caravan must stay for some time in Al-Fayoum for safety, and there he falls in love with Fatima. After reading the signs in birds in the sky, Santiago saves the people, and the alchemist convinces Santiago to leave Fatima and continue on his journey of his Personal Legend. ClimaxThe alchemist shares a lot of wisdom with Santiago. In their travels, they are held up by Arab Soldiers. In order to be released, Santiago must turn into the wind. Communicating with the wind and the sun, and the Hand That Wrote All, Santiago is able to disappear, turning into the wind. The soldiers let them go and they continue on their journey. Falling ActionThe alchemist leaves him at the Coptic church and Santiago makes it to the pyramids. When he starts digging, two men beat on him. He tells them of his dream and one man shares his own dream of treasure buried under a sycamore tree in a church in Spain. Santiago knows this tree well. DenouementSantiago goes back to the sycamore tree in Spain and begins digging. He finds a chest of gold and plans to make his way back to Al-Fayoum to find Fatima.

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Conflict and Plot in “Cinderella” by Pixton
ExpositionCinderella lives a humble life with her father, and is very happy. However, soon after taking a new wife, Cinderella's father passes away. Main ConflictWith her new husband now deceased, Lady Tremaine and her two daughters take over the house. Rather than welcoming Cinderella into the family, they make her a servant and treat her cruelly. Rising ActionThe Prince, looking to get married, announces there will be a ball for all the ladies in the kingdom to attend. Cinderella plans to go but her stepsisters ruin her dress. As she sits in tears, her fairy godmother appears and gives her everything she needs for a grand experience at the ball. But there is a catch; at midnight, everything will return to how it was before. ClimaxCinderella enters the ballroom and immediately catches Prince Charming's eye. After a night of dancing, the two are in love. Cinderella loses track of time, however, and when the clock strikes midnight, she flees from the ball. Prince Charming is left with nothing but her glass slipper. Falling ActionThe prince is determined to find the mysterious woman from the ball. He sends his men to visit every household in the kingdom and have them try on the glass slipper. The woman whom the shoe fits will be the new princess. DenouementAt last, Cinderella gets a chance to try on the glass slipper and it fits perfectly. Prince Charming knows she is the one he fell in love with at the ball. He rescues her from her wicked stepfamily and they live happily ever after.

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