Flowers for Algernon Activities

Instructor: Tara Schofield

Tara has a PhD in Marketing & Management

Flowers for Algernon is a powerful story that can make a lasting impact on your students. Use the activities in this lesson to help your students deepen their appreciation and connection to the story.

Enhancing the Reading Experience

Help your students have a deeper experience with Flowers by Algernon by planning additional activities that can strengthen their understanding of the book, and give them a personal connection to Charlie and his life. This lesson provides activities that help students relate to the story. The last activity helps students evaluate their personal belief system and thoughts about themselves, giving them a chance to realize some of their insecurities may not be accurate.

Rorschach Test

Because the Rorschach test was an important aspect of Charlie's reactions, give your students a chance to experience what he went through by administering the test in your class. You can easily find several ink blot images online that you can project for the whole class to see. Show a series of 5 or 10 ink blots and have your kids write down what they see in the images. Discuss what everyone sees and how different the pictures can look to each person. This activity can be done before the students read about Charlie's test and will give them a greater appreciation for what he goes through during his evaluation.

Maze Races

One of the important aspects of the story was Charlie's competition with the mouse in the maze. Have the students each create a maze on paper that they can trade and try to complete.

You can also create a maze in the gym for the students to maneuver through. Compare their experience with what Charlie must have gone through when he was being measured against a mouse and how things were different after his surgery.

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