"The Open Boat" by Stephen Crane
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Crane, London, and Literary Naturalism
Students use Crane's "The Open Boat" and Jack London's "To Build a Fire" to explore the key characteristics of American literary naturalism.

"The Open Boat"
Synopsis and great support activities: vocabulary, pre-reading, analysis using Freytag's Pyramid, and other activities. This lesson also includes some compare/contrast with the movie Titanic . This 10-page document requires Adobe Reader for access.

Stephen Crane's "The Open Boat"
Students examine the relationship of man and nature as portrayed in the story. Lesson includes guiding questions, learning objectives, preparation, lesson, assessment, and extension activities.

"Storm and Shipwreck"
Background and text of a section from Ned Meyers by James Fenimore Cooper. In this nonfiction account Meyers was serving aboard the USS Scourge in Lake Ontario when it unexpectedly encountered a storm. This passage describes the sailors’ terrifying and tragic night.



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