Teacher Guide

The English Patient Lesson Plan

Study Objectives

If all of the elements of this lesson plan are employed, students will develop the following powers, skills, and understanding:

  1. 1

    Read The English Patient with an ability to connect multiple storylines across time and place.

  2. 2

    Situate The English Patient's story within historical context and understand the assertions Michael Ondaatje is drawing about those historical moments.

  3. 3

    Analyze the relationships between characters in the novel, and to form and defend positions about how their life experiences informed those relationships.

  4. 4

    Understand the use of literary techniques in The English Patient and how Ondaatje employs them to create mood and tempo in the novel.

  5. 5


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