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The Pearl - Jones-Black

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By: John Steinbeck Chapter 1. Chapter 2 Chapter 3 Chapter 4 Edifice Bulwark Judicious Extravagant Chapter 5 The Pearl Escarpment Chapter 6 Covey Feinted Pulque Plantively Bougainvillea Avarice Indigent Suppliant Undulating Obscured Perceptible Incandescence Residue Lucent Disparagement Prophecy Subjugation Countenance Benign Coagulate Lethargy Exhilaration Lament Retrieving Searing Petulant Covert Germane Sentinel Guttural Warm Up
Throughout The Pearl, the main characters will repeatedly recall songs that reflect their innermost feelings. How does music affect you? What kinds of songs fill you with emotion? Do any songs hold a special meaning for you or your family? Imagine that you are a simple fisherman living in a crude brush house on the coast of Mexico. How would life be different from your life now? What aspects of that life would be the hardest for you? In what ways might your life be better than it is today? Discuss your ideas with your table members. Algae Barnacle Estuary Hummock Mangrove Warm Up

Use 4 of the following vocabulary words to write 4 sentences. Plaintively, Avarice, Indigent, Feinted, Suppliant, Pulque, Bougainvillea, Covey Agenda

Warm Up
CCB: Read CH 1
Character Significance Chart
Review and Assign Literature Circle Roles
Hand Out books
Read When Juana realized that her baby was in danger (page 5), she repeated an old magic saying to guard against evil. Then she said a "Hail Mary." What did Juana's actions tell you about her religious convictions? In your opinion, what function did the four beggars serve in the context of the story? Why do you think Steinbeck included them in this chapter? The mood of a novel can change from chapter to chapter, and even from paragraph to paragraph. Consider the serene and contented mood that Steinbeck established in the first part of Chapter one. How did that mood change when the scorpion appeared? What language did Steinbeck use to help set the new mood? How would you describe the mood at the end of the chapter when Kino stood at the doctor's gate? Warm Up

Use your book to find 3 examples of the
ways Steinbeck makes the reader aware
of the poor and simple life of Kino and
Juana. Agenda

Warm Up
CCB - Read Chapter 2 and complete Literacy Role for Thursday
Literature Circle discussion for CH 1
Class discussion about The Pearl Warm Up
"Kino, in his pride and youth and strength, could remain down (underwater) over two minutes without strain..." What is something you are proud of or can do? Is this a natural talent or did you work hard to hone it? Why are you proud of it? SWBAT: Discuss key concepts of their novel in Literature Circles


Warm Up
Literature Circle
Class Discussion over CH 2 How did Steinbeck's description of the setting help set a vague, dreamlike mood for the beginning of this chapter? How did that mood correspond to Kino's own mood as he dove for pearls? Why was Kino's canoe important to him? Where did Kino get the canoe? How did Juana treat Coyotito's wound? Was this an acceptable treatment? Was Juana satisfied with it? Why or why not? Why did Juana fervently pray for luck as Kino dived for pearls? What songs did Kino hear in this chapter? When and why did he hear them? How did Kino react when he found the pearl? When Kino brought the large oyster to the surface, Juana sensed his excitement. She pretended to look away because she felt it was bad luck to want something too much. Do you agree with this sentiment? Do you think Juana's feelings were the result of superstition or were well-founded? What do you think Kino will do with the Pearl? Why do you think the swelling in Coyotito's shoulder subsided? In literature, a simple object can take on a new meaning within the framework of a story and represent complex ideas and deep emotions. Think about the great pearl that Kino found. What do you think the pearl symbolized in this chapter? How did the news of the pearl affect the priest, the shopkeepers, the doctor, the pearl buyers, and the beggars? What one quality did all of these people show in response to the pearl? Why was it said that there was really only one pearl buyer, even though there were many brokers who had offices in the town? Why did Kino become every man's enemy after the discovery of the pearl? How did his discovery affect the town in general? Why didn't Kino recognize the feelings of the townspeople? How did Kino think the pearl would change his future? Why did the doctor go to Kino's house? What happened to Coyotito after the doctor treated him? What did Kino suspect about the doctor? When did Juana first suggest that the pearl was evil? How did Kino and Juana change after obtaining the pearl? How did the references to songs and music in this chapter reflect the events that occurred? Reread the passage about animals and their prey. How did the descriptions of small fish being chased by great fish and night mice being hunted by hawks parallel Juana and Kino's exprience? What do you think will happen when Kino takes his pearl to the buyers? Why were the pearl buyers excited about Kino's pearl, even though they would earn nothing more than their salaries? How did the procession that took place in this part of the story compare to the one that was described at the beginning of the book. How had the pearl divers once tried to change the way that they sold their pearls? What happened to that plan? The first pearl buyer practiced Legerdemain, or "sleight of hand," as he waited for Kino to come to his office. How did this colorful detail prepare the reader for what was going to happen? How did the pearl buyers try to deceive and cheat Kino? What was Kino's response? What awful truth did the townspeople realize when the pearl buyers made their offer to Kino? When was Kino's life again threatened by evil forces? What were Kino's feelings just before he was threatened? How did his feelings and his goal change? Reread the paragraph that describes how the priest felt about the loss of the pearls at the hands of disreputable agents. To what did the priest compare the town and its people? Put yourself in Kino's place. What would you have done if the events in this chapter had happened to you? Now, put yourself in Juana's place. Would you have acted as she acted? What did this tell you about the priest? What did it tell you about the class system in town? Why did Juana want to throw away the pearl? What act of cruelty did Kino inflict on Juana? Why do you think he acted as he did? When did Juana recognize that her old life was gone forever? What made her come to that conclusion? Why do you think Kino felt that the destruction of his boat was even more evil than the killing of a man? How did nature echo the action in this chapter? What events led Juan Tomas to conclude that there was a devil in the pearl? What do you think Kino meant when he said that if he gave up the pearl now, he would be giving up his soul? Skim through Chapter Five to find references to light and darkness. What happened in the light? According to Steinbeck, what
did all
share? What do you think will happen to Kino and Juana as they make their way north? Will the pearl finally bring them good fortune, or will it continue to bring evil and destruction? What
of men? Do you agree or disagree? What happened in the dark? What do you think light and dark signified in each example you found? Why do you think Steinbeck described the journey of Kino and Juana with such attention to detail? When Kino and Juana were resting and Kino looked into the pearl, what did he expect to see? Why do you think that Juana refused to go to safety when Kino discovered that they were being followed by trackers? What terrible and tragic event happened on the mountain? What was unusual about the way that Kino and Juana returned to La Paz? What did Kino do with the pearl at the end of the book? There are many references to animals and animal-like behavior in this chapter. Find as many of those references as you can. Why do you think Steinbeck made so many comparisons of this kind? Think about the events that took place at the end of the story. Authors write for many different reasons. An author might write to inform, to entertain or to make his or her opinions and ideas known to others. For what reason or reasons do you think Steinbeck wrote The Pearl? What does that action symbolize to you? How did her decision help Kino? What did he actually see? What music did he hear when he looked into the pearl? In what ways did those events make the chapter circular in structure? Warm Up
What do you think will happen to Kino and Juana as they make their way north?
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