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Copy of The Pearl by John Steinbeck

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Transcript of Copy of The Pearl by John Steinbeck

Building Background:
John Steinbeck
The Pearl is set in La Paz, a community founded in _______ by a Spanish explorer. At the time it was a small community that relied on the sea for many aspects of daily life. Interestingly, La Paz means “________.” Fishing, mining, agriculture, and pearls are still part of the local economy today. About ______ people live in La Paz today, and enjoy the mild climate that ranges from ____ -____ degrees Fahrenheit year-round.
Kino and Juana, the main characters, have a simple and happy life, though they are poor. They have a mixture of the “old religion” and Roman Catholicism as their belief system.
Oral storytelling tradition is a huge part of this story. Oral tradition is when stories are passed down by word of mouth from generation to generation. In The Pearl, many lessons can be learned, and that is probably why it is such a popular book still today.
Chapter One
p. 1-12
Chapter Three
p. 21-40
Chapter Four
p. 41-57
Chapter Five
p. 58-67
Chapter Six
p. 68-90
Inferences- to draw a conclusion based on evidence from the literature
What is the most suspenseful part of the story?
Why is there a gap between rich and poor?
How is the different aspects of their religion in conflict with each other?
Chapter Two p. 13-20
Why is the boat so important?
What role does religion and supersition play in the story?
Is the melody of the pearl positive or negative?
Explain how illusion and reality play a part in the plot of "The Pearl".
How does Kino change after the discovery of the pearl?
How does the evil of the pearl affect people in the town?
What role does fear play in the plot of the story?
Explain the reactions of different characters to the pearl buyer's offers.
Were you surprise at the pearl buyer's actions?
What is important about the "song of evil?"
How does Juana's character remain steady throughout their experiences?
What were the three things that cut off escape?
Do you think that Kino or Juana is a stronger character? Why? (What is "strong?")
What negative character trait do the trackers represent?
What irony is present in this chapter?
What is the significance of the pool of life?
Which character changes the most? Why?
Is the music of the pearl synonymous with the song of evil?
Steinbeck’s novel, "The Pearl" written in 1947 is one of his more memorable experiments. It is presented as a parable making the characters in the book mythical figures rather than individuals. It is know for its dramatic impact.

BIBLE RACE: Matthew 13:45-46
The Parable of the Pearl of Great Price
“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant seeking beautiful pearls, who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had and bought it.

JOURNAL:
How does this translate into the story? Write your prediction in your literature journal.

Greed does not pay
Money is the root of all evil
Greed often over reaches itself
Money can destroy you
A person must be careful with riches
The MORAL of a story is the lesson that is taught.
The Goose With the Golden Eggs

One day a countryman going to the nest of his Goose and found there an egg all yellow and glittering. When he took it up it was as heavy as lead and he was going to throw it away, because he thought a trick had been played upon him. But he took it home on second thoughts, and soon found to his delight that it was an egg of pure gold. Every morning the same thing occurred, and he soon became rich by selling his eggs. As he grew rich he grew greedy; and thinking to get at once all the gold the Goose could give, he killed it and opened it only to find nothing.
The Pearl
Introduction
What does it mean to "read your life into a story?"
What significance do you think the quote has on the way you read the story?
The Necklace
Describe Mathilde's major characteristics.
List all of the things that Mathilde needs for the ball. Why is she never satisfied?
How do Mathilde and her husband repay their new debt?
How does the ending put greed into perspective?
Essay Topics
symbolism of song of the pearl
symbolism of the song of evil
what makes a man
Kino's character change
comparison of Kino and Juana
Juana's strength
role of family
the town as a "colonial animal"
foreshadowing of major events
influence of two religions
symbolism of light and dark
conflict of man vs. society
the plight of the poor, uneducated man
In The Pearl, the image of the town as a "colonial animal" greatly enhances way information spreads.
Foreshadowing allows the author of The Pearl to create an ominous tone throughout the story.
Kino and Juana's view of "being a man" makes it necessary for Kino to throw the pearl into the ocean in the resolution of the plot.
In The Pearl, the author uses _______ (element) to/in/throughout ________ [because ________].
The author demonstrates the dominant theme of The Pearl, _____________________, in several ways. First, __________ (character) ______________________________________ (action, words or thoughts of the character). Another way the author shows the theme of ______________ is when _________________.
Finally, when ______________ (character or event) _________________________ (action, words, or thoughts) the reader knows that the theme is ____________________________.
Theme
by John Steinbeck
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JOHN STEINBECK
1902-1968
FUN FACT
FUN FACT
As we read this story, keep in mind the values of the culture and the lessons that this story conveys.
Learning about the author can often give you insight into their works.

ACTIVITY:

Read the short bio of John Steinbeck with a partner and answer the questions. Be ready to share your discovery with the class.
GREED
Imagine that you have won millions of dollars in a lottery! How would this good fortune affect your life?
Complete the activity with complete sentences. Be ready to discuss your responses.

Imagery is a form of figurative language that creates mental images (pictures). John Steinbeck uses imagery to help create pictures with words.

Listen to this example? What mental images does it create? What do you feel, smell, hear, and see?
IMAGERY:
YOUR TURN: DIRECTIONS

Locate examples of imagery concerning the topic that Mrs. Heinz give you. Next, create a drawing of the mental image the author has created for you. Be sure to write the quote and page number from the text to support your drawing.
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IMAGERY:
another example: pg 10-11
HOMEWORK:
As you read chapter #3 look for examples of imagery in Steinbeck's writing. Use a sticky note to mark the point and explain which sense the passage is appealing to. Be ready to share your 3 sticky notes with the class tomorrow.
SYMBOLISM
READ PG ________

WHAT SYMBOLS ARE PRESENT IN "THE PEARL"

THEME:
WHAT IS THEME?
READ PAGE 23 GREEN BOOK
HOW DOES THIS PARABLE TRANSCEND TIME AND PLACE TO EMPLOY UNIVERSAL THEME?
WHAT MAKE A UNIVERSAL THEME?
WHY ARE SYMBOLS USEFUL TO WRITERS AND THEIR AUDIENCE?
HOW CAN WRITING BE USED TO EFFECT CHANGE IN SOCIETY?
THEME CONT.
THEME IS:
THE CONTROLLING IDEA OF A STORY
AN ARGUABLE COMMENT/ STATEMENT OF THE STORY AND APPLIED TO SOCIETY IN GERNERAL
A TRUTH THAT CAN BE TAKEN FROM THE STORY
SOME HUMAN TRUTH THAT THE AUTHOR WANTS THE READER TO UNDERSTAND ABOUT LIFE, THE HUMAN EXPEREINCE, OR HUMAN NATURE
ANSWER THE FOLLOWING...
1. LESSON LEARNED?
2. TITLE/ MEANING?
3. WHAT DOES IT MEAN FOR YOU?
PLOT: GREEN BOOK PG 22
TAKE NOTES ON SHEET PROVIDED

MORE ON THEME...
STEP #1
STEP #2
STEP #3
SOUNDTRACK PROJECT
THEMES?
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