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The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway

This free, printable Pixton lesson plan brings classic American literature to life with comics and storyboards.

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Featured Layouts

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

  • Comic Strip
  • Storyboard
  • Graphic Novel
  • Mind Map
  • Poster

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

This free, printable Pixton lesson plan brings classic American literature to life with comics and storyboards.
This free, printable Pixton lesson plan brings classic American literature to life with comics and storyboards.
This free, printable Pixton lesson plan brings classic American literature to life with comics and storyboards.

Main Characters

The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway

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

  • Santiago from The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
    Santiago

    The protagonist, an old Cuban fisherman

  • The Marlin from The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
    The Marlin

    The fish that Santiago hooks

  • Manolin from The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
    Manolin

    Santiago’s young apprentice

  • Joe DiMaggio from The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
    Joe DiMaggio

    Famous baseball player whom Santiago worships

  • Perico from The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
    Perico

    Provides newspapers to Santiago

  • Martin from The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
    Martin

    A cafe owner in Santiago’s village

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The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway

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  • Bird
    Bird
  • Boat
    Boat
  • Box
    Box
  • Fish
    Fish
  • Oar
    Oar
  • Pier
    Pier
  • Reel
    Reel
  • Skyline
    Skyline
  • Splash
    Splash
  • Sun
    Sun
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Teacher Guide

The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway

Step 1Class discussion with students
  • Discuss what it means to be a hero. Do all heroes share similar characteristics? Name a few examples, both in fiction and real life.

  • Have students write about a person they admire or consider a hero, making sure to include the characteristics that make this person great.
Step 2Pixton comic-making activities
  • Make a Comic Strip, Storyboard, or ...
    Imagery

    Start activity after reading Day 4.

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  • Make a Storyboard, Graphic Novel, or ...
    Symbolism

    Complete after reading the novel.

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  • Make a Storyboard or Mind Map
    Major Themes

    Complete after reading the novel.

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  • Extension / Modification
    Graphic Novel (Extension / Modification)

    Create a short Graphic Novel using 2 panels to represent each chapter (10 total).

  • Extension / Modification
    Poster (Extension / Modification)

    Create a Poster for your own personal hero.

Step 3Concluding discussion with students
  • What role does the sea play in the novel?

  • Santiago dreams of lions on a beach. Why is this significant?

  • Discuss the role of Manolin in this novel. Why is he important to the story?
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Pixton Activity: The Old Man and the Sea 1 Imagery

Featured Layouts

  • Comic Strip
  • Storyboard
  • Graphic Novel
  • Mind Map

Intro

Translating words into images is an important skill to have, whether you physically draw the images or imagine them in your head. The more attention you pay to the words, the more detailed the image will be.

Instructions

Create a comic using 1-6 panels, choosing one of the three scenes below to develop.

Be sure to read the chosen section of the book carefully, paying attention to details.

The scenes are:

  • Manolin helps Santiago come in from fishing (Day 1)
  • Santiago first hooks the marlin (Day 2)
  • The first shark attack (Day 4)


See the rubric for grading guidelines.

Rubric: Imagery

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 image is focused, has thoughtful details and is insightful. The image is clear, well developed, and logical. The image is easy to follow; ideas are correct, but may be basic or simple. The image discusses some relevant ideas, but may have frequent errors. The image is hard to follow; ideas are not developed.
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
Form Organization and sequence (beginning, middle, end) • proper organization
• sequence is highly effective and has purpose
• 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 Complete sentences, spelling, punctuation, grammar (e.g.,
use of pronouns; agreement; verb tense
• correct sentence structure, grammar, spelling and punctuation; may include some errors in complex structures • few errors in basic sentence structure, spelling, punctuation, or grammar; errors do not interfere with meaning • occasional errors in sentence structure, spelling, punctuation, or grammar; errors rarely interfere with meaning • several errors in sentence structure, spelling, punctuation, or grammar; errors may make parts hard to follow • repeated errors in basic sentence structure, spelling, punctuation, or grammar often make the writing hard to understand
Total

Example Mind Map

Imagery in “The Old Man and the Sea” by Student

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Pixton Activity: The Old Man and the Sea 2 Symbolism

Featured Layouts

  • Comic Strip
  • Storyboard
  • Graphic Novel
  • Poster
  • Mind Map

Intro

There are many important symbols in this novel, including:

  • The marlin
  • The shovel-nosed sharks

Instructions

Choose one of the symbols above and create a comic including:

  • What it symbolizes
  • Why it’s important
  • An important quote regarding that symbol

See the rubric for grading guidelines.

Rubric: Symbolism

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: The Old Man and the Sea 3 Major Themes

Featured Layouts

  • Storyboard
  • Mind Map

Intro

Two major themes in The Old Man and the Sea are:

  • The honor in struggle, defeat, and death
  • Pride as the source of greatness and determination

Instructions

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

  • Identify the day in the panel title
  • Create an image that summarizes the scene
  • Formulate a brief description of how the example 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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