In this chapter-by-chapter video study guide of Paulo Coelho’s The Alchemist, students will have access to 19 short videos, all under 4 minutes, that provide a thoughtful summary and analysis of the text. These videos will aid students in analyzing how complex characters develop over the course of the book by interacting with other characters and advancing the plot and themes. Students will also be able to determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in the text beyond their literal meaning toward their usefulness in the text’s overall meaning and tone. Additionally, students will be able to consider how an author chooses to structure the timeline and order of events in the book to create effects like mystery and tension. Course Hero also provides free resources like study guides and infographics at the link below. For a list of Common Core State Standards addressed, see below.
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Common Core State Standards The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
- Analyze how complex characters (e.g., those with multiple or conflicting motivations) develop over the course of a text, interact with other characters, and advance the plot or develop the theme.
- Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in the text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the cumulative impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone (e.g., how the language evokes a sense of time and place; how it sets a formal or informal tone).
- Analyze how an author’s choices concerning how to structure a text, order events within it (e.g., parallel plots), and manipulate time (e.g., pacing, flashbacks) create such effects as mystery, tension, or surprise.