"The Strange and Curious Tale of the Last True Hermit." Modified Analytical Writing for a Resource English Classroom (General Education modification included)
Students will view a short video in which questions have been embedded to activate their interest. They will then read the story of the Last True Hermit, Christopher Knight. Knight lived for 27 years in the woods of northern Maine before being caught. He survived by building a camp deep in the woods and stealing from cabins in the surrounding area.
The students will analyze the author's point of view and the way the various characters interact in the story. Their analysis is assessed using a short writing assignment.
This can be modified for the general education classroom. A supplemental text, "By the Waters of Babylon" by Stephen Vincent Benet, is included. Students can read this text and then answer the questions that are also included.