A Teacher's Guide to The Alchemist

A Teacher's Guide to The Alchemist Summary

For teachers

We know that the Common Core State Standards are encouraging you to reevaluate the books that you assign to your students. To help you decide which books are right for your classroom, each free ebook in this series contains a Common Core–aligned teaching guide and a sample chapter.

This free teaching guide for The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho is designed to help you put the new Common Core State Standards into practice.

Every few decades a book is published that changes the lives of its readers forever. The Alchemist is such a book. With over a million and a half copies sold around the world, The Alchemist has already established itself as a modern classic, universally admired. Paulo Coelho's charming fable will enchant and inspire students for generations to come.

The Alchemist is the magical story of Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd boy who yearns to travel in search of a worldly treasure as extravagant as any ever found. From his home in Spain he journeys to the markets of Tangiers and across the Egyptian desert to a fateful encounter with The Alchemist.

The story of the treasures Santiago finds along the way teaches us, as only a few stories have done, about the essential wisdom of listening to our hearts, learning to read the omens strewn along life's path, and, above all, following our dreams.

Book Reviews


Strange1 star

This was the strangest book I’ve ever read. Don’t bother with it15

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Excelente5 star

Me ha gustado mucho este libro, me ha inspirado mucho. Magnifico libro. Gracias55

Viva Zworski

Great book!5 star

I love this book. It makes you feel so much and it gives you that push in life. I just got too high in life with this book!55

Ly Marie

Phenomenal5 star

Most amazing book ever read55


The Alchemist2 star

I don't know why common core has to tweak the original book in order to use it for school.25


It's very good5 star

The story is very good . I learnt so many things from this novel. Thanks to author and my friend Pranjal Nalwade.55


Wonderfully written5 star

What an excellent read! I read it in less than 24 hours. Couldn't put it down. My life is richer having read this.55

Abi 5

A Must Read5 star

The lessons in this book will inspire you to be YOU. Will give you hope and courage to follow your dreams. Priceless .55

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