Alice in Wonderland:
A Unit Study in Twelve Parts
Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll is a great choice for a
high-interest literature unit study. While this story is primarily about the girl Alice,
there are plenty of other characters that would interest boys.
As with many classics, there are several versions of Alice in Wonderland on the market. If you'd like to read the book online, a complete and unabridged version of each chapter is linked in each section of the unit study.
Each mini-unit includes suggested vocabulary, reading comprehension questions, fun activities, and interesting resource links:
Book Summary from Bibliomania.com:
Lewis Carroll is best remembered for this story, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
and its sequel, Through the Looking Glass, both of which are children's books with
content and style that have often appealed as much to adult readers as to the young.
It was published in 1865 and was in fact with a particular child in mind, Alice
Liddell, and had the working title "Alice's Adventures Under Ground". As befits
that title, the tale is indeed of a trip (with the additional psychedelic sense
certainly intact for the modern reader) beneath normal existence. Alice follows
a certain White Rabbit down from the riverside in a dream. This alternate reality
follows its own internal logic and is therefore not merely an excuse for fantasy.
This logic is played out by now well-known characters such as the Mad Hatter,
the Queen of Hearts, the Mock Turtle, the Cheshire Cat and the March Hare whose
tea parties and games have taken their place in the folklore of the real world
through generations of readers. The story has no moral dimension to speak of and
is therefore unusual for nineteenth century children's literature, but it does extol
caution and other common sense values in the often foolish choices made by Alice
that take her deeper into the strange dimension. Its popularity among adults has
led to it being translated into Latin.
To prepare for the reading of Alice in
I would suggest you find a biography of Lewis Carroll.
Carroll was a rather interesting character in his own right. Even if you don't
read a full biographical sketch of his life, the links below lead
you to information which will help you gain a better understanding of Lewis Carroll:
Other Online Lesson Plans for Alice in Wonderland:
On to Chapter One