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Educational Resources for Teaching and Learning About Walker Percy

Educational Materials for Use by Teachers, Students, and General Readers of Walker Percy

Directory

Through the following directory links, you can choose learning activities for various levels, beginning with two sections that will interest general readers.

General Resources (All Audiences)

The Project offers resources for all audiences, including new enthusiasts of Walker Percy. Explore the Project's website, watch the documentary of his life, and discover the places that shaped his life.

The Strange Case of the Self, your Self, the Ghost which Haunts the Cosmos...

"Why it is that of all the billions and billions of strange objects in the Cosmos – novas, quasars, pulsars, black holes – you are beyond doubt the strangest?"

— Walker Percy

The Project

The Walker Percy Project itself is an educational resource. All levels of readers will find value in the many different sections. The Project website is an interactive experience, in which you can find information on (and informational links to) Percy's life, his work, and the cultural legacies of both.

Using the various sections of the Project leads to such learner-based outcomes as critical reading and writing skills, engagement with humanities values, and the ability to think critically about them. For instance, the Interactive Exhibits, fun Quizzes, and Multimedia Gallery, discussion and writing opportunities entertain as well as inform.

Walker Percy Documentary

Walker Percy: A Documentary Film

Louisiana filmmaker Winston Riley filmed and directed a documentary about Walker Percy that aired on PBS. The one-hour movie contains rare video footage of the author and interviews with other writers and those who knew him personally. To learn more about the film or purchase it for a viewing, visit the Walker Percy: A Documentary Film website. The documentary video trailer is available both there and on YouTube.

Percy-L

Percy students, general readers, and scholars may wish to submit learning or discusion questions to the Percy-L listserv community, another educational opportunity.

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Learning Activities: Project Exhibits & Quizzes (All Audiences)

The Project offers learning activities in the form of interactive quizzes and learning exhibits. These give you an opportunity to learn about Walker Percy in novel and entertaining ways.

Interactive Quizzes

Part of The Walker Percy Project's goals is education, whether you're a teacher of Percy or a high school scholar. The Quizzes section includes a multiple-choice quiz, a True-or-False quiz, a "First Lines" test of his novels, and a fun "Who Said?" quiz to test knowledge of Percy's characters.

Additional supporting materials are available for printing. You can download quizzes specific to the Percy novels below. Each quiz contains 10 multiple-choice and 5 true-or-false questions in individual PDFs. These quizzes were prepared by Dr. Farrell O'Gorman of Belmont Abbey College and Dr. Doug Mitchell of the University of Mobile (AL).

Learning Exhibits

Learn about Walker Percy — his life and his work — through the Project's Exhibits section. A book collage introduces you to his books, an Interactive Allegorical Portrait teases you with hidden treasures of information, and a photograph gallery presents photos of his life, his places, and his books. This section also offers a fun surprise.

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Commercial Materials for Teachers & Students

Downloadable lesson plans and study guides are available for purchase online to serve both the teacher and the student. Some are one-time purchases; others require a subscription.

Teacher Lesson Plans

- Purchase lesson plans to help you teach individual books or more general topics pertaining to Walker Percy. They are available to download as PDF, Microsoft Word. You can also print them.

Lesson plans for middle school and high school teachers are available for purchase on the website BookRags.com on a monthly or annual subscription plan.

Target Grades: 7th-12th
Materials Description: These customizable lesson plans contain teaching materials for all students. The plans include daily lessons and activities, a variety of quizzes and essay topics, homework assignments, and more. The lessons and activities help students learn, while the tests and quizzes help you evaluate how well they've grasped the material.

Available lesson plans include:


Teacher Summary & Study Guides

- Purchase study guides to help you better understand the individual books of Walker Percy. They are available to download as PDF or Microsoft Word. You can also print them.

Summaries and study guides for middle school and high school teachers are available for purchase on the website BookRags.com on a monthly or annual subscription plan.

Target Grades: 7th-12th
Materials Description: These study guides consists of chapter and plot summaries, direct quotes, character analyses, exploratory themes, and much more. You'll find everything you need to sharpen your knowledge about Walker Percy's individual books.

Available study guides include:


eNotes Student Study Guides on Walker Percy

- Purchase study guides to help you better understand the individual books of Walker Percy. They are available to download as PDFs, although you can also print them.

eNotes provides literature guides, quizzes, e-texts, and even research paper topics for middle school and high school students. Study tools are available for purchase on the website BookRags.com on a subscription plan.

Target Grades: 7th-12th
Materials Description: These study guides have summaries, themes, characters, essays, analyses, and more. Improve your knowledge about Walker Percy's individual books.

Available study guides include:


KnowledgeNotes Student Study Guides on Walker Percy

- Purchase study guides to help you comprehend the individual books of Walker Percy. They are available to download as NOOK books.

KnowledgeNotes provides summaries and essays on individual books.

Target Grades: 7th-12th

Available study guides include:


BookRags.com Student Study Guides on Walker Percy

- Purchase study guides to help you better understand the individual books of Walker Percy. They are available to download as PDF or Microsoft Word. You can also print them.

Target Grades: 7th-12th
Materials Description: These study guides contain notes on the characters, social concerns, techniques, themes and key questions about the content of Walker Percy's individual novels.

Available study guides include:

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General Literary Reference and Writing Resources (All Students)

Consult these practical resources to assist in your study of and writing about literature.

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Advanced Research Tools (Undergraduate and Graduate)

The Project offers advanced research tools through its materials in the following sections.

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Submitting Materials

Contributing to The Walker Percy Project helps others in the study and enjoyment of Walker Percy's work and thought. The Project provides a permanent value for community reference. You can find several opportunities to contribute.

TEACHING MATERIALS

The Walker Percy Project is interested in collecting and disseminating select, highly creative and quality educational materials to supplement its existing resources for students at a variety of levels. Suitable materials may include:

With your help, The Project plans to offer a range of learning activities on Percy writings for the following levels:


UNIVERSITY-LEVEL STUDENT EXERCISES

Graduate Students: Undergraduate students:

If you have developed or discovered educational tools that you think can benefit or enhance other teachers or readers, please call them to The Project's attention. The Walker Percy scholarly community thanks you in advance. Submit materials in PDF, Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, or links to Internet resources.