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The Road Study Guide (Download)

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EMC's complete photocopiable PDF study guide on Cormac McCarthy's post-apocalyptic novel with classroom activities, resources on contexts and different readings, plus a video interview with academic and novelist Adam Roberts.

This downloadable Video PDF offers:

  • Strategies to support students in reading the text independently.
  • Creative approaches for teaching about language, structure and form.
  • Discussion of key themes, including analysis of the way themes are created and understood.
  • Ways of putting the text in its wider generic and literary context, as an example of post-apocalyptic fiction.
  • Critical material, including print extracts from interviews with McCarthy.
  • Ideas for wider reading, if you’re teaching the text for coursework.
  • Colour screengrabs from the film adaptation.

The interview with Adam Roberts, embedded in the downloadable Video PDF is divided into the following clips:

  • Science Fiction, Apocalyptic Fiction and The Road
  • The Road and Post-apocalyptic Literature
  • The Child
  • The Openness of the Ending
  • Good Guys and Bad Guys
  • Ambiguous Symbols
  • A Pared Down Style
  • The Handling of Time
  • The Impact of the Novel

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