Teacher Guide

The English Patient Lesson Plan

Notes to the Teacher

The English Patient deals with many challenging subjects: war, death, institutional racism, abortion. This will provide students an opportunity to consider how they feel about the positions taken by characters in the book. As your classroom likely has students from a range of experiences and traditions, it might be helpful to create classroom agreements as guidelines for the kind of respect students should show each other when discussing topics where they may disagree with each other’s viewpoints.

The thought questions in this lesson plan provide material and ideas that students can use to write short original essays and to develop their powers of analysis. The questions provided for the...

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