Teacher Guide

A Separate Peace Lesson Plan

Notes to the Teacher

Every classroom is different, but Gene's mixture of envy and admiration for his best friend, his discovery of a darker side within himself, and his growth towards greater self-knowledge may all resonate with many students. In addition, the novel's writing style, symbolism, and rich historic background make it an excellent teaching tool. The privilege of the narrator and the book's gay subtext are subjects for discussion as well. These lessons and activities provide many different approaches to these themes; select those that best suit the strengths and interests of your own class.

The thought questions in this lesson plan provide material and ideas that students can use to write short...

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