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A Farewell to Arms

A Farewell to Arms

by Ernest Hemingway

All good books are alike in that they are truer than if they had really happened and after you are finished reading one you will feel that all that happened to you and afterwards it all belongs to you...


Ernest Hemingway in Paris, 1928 (The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Boston)

This Big Read Teacher’s Guide contains ten lessons to lead you through Ernest Hemingway’s classic novel, A Farewell to Arms. Each lesson has four sections: a thematic focus, discussion activities, writing exercises, and homework assignments. In addition, we have provided capstone projects and suggested essay topics, as well as handouts with more background information about the novel, the historical period, and the author. All lessons dovetail with the state language arts standards required in the fiction genre.

Finally, The Big Read Reader’s Guide deepens your exploration with interviews, booklists, time lines, and historical information.We hope this guide and syllabus allow you to have fun with your students while introducing them to the work of a great American author.

From the NEA, we wish you an exciting and productive school year.

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