Teacher Guide

Ishmael Lesson Plan

Notes to the Teacher

Before beginning the lesson, prepare students for reading Ishmael by discussing the structure of the book. Let students know that this is not a typical plot-driven novel with lots of action. Instead, it is a philosophical dialog between two characters. The idea of a telepathic gorilla can be an obstacle for some readers. Encourage students not to focus on how or why a gorilla can communicate telepathically and simply to accept the premise.

Be mindful that some students may become discouraged by the vast Taker culture that we are a part of. Others may be troubled by Ishmael’s interpretations of stories from the Bible. A good approach is to model the Socratic method to create an...

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