World Lit: Two Handsomest Drowned Words


  • ELAGSE9-10RL6 Analyze a particular point of view or cultural experience reflected in a work of literature from outside the United States, drawing on a wide reading of world literature.

Learning Target: I will analyze a cultural experience reflected in a work of magical realist literature by drawing an illustration of a short story and then teaching that short story to my peers.

Opening Session: 

Work Session: Today we’re going to split the class in half and read a couple stores! So we’ll go around the room and number off 1 or 2. Half of you are going to read a story called “The Handsomest Drowned Man In The World” by Gabriel Garcia Marquez and the other half are going to read a story that I’ve made copies of called “Two Words” by Isabel Allende.

After you finish reading your respective stories, we’re going to pass around the printer paper and I’d like everyone to choose a quote from your story and make an illustration of it. Write your quote on your paper along with your picture. You will turn these in, so be neat and creative!

When our drawings are complete, we’re going to jigsaw back together into groups of four. Each group should have 2 people that read each story. Your job is to teach your group members what happened in the story you read, and since we are in our feminism unit, you should focus specifically on the role of women in the story you read.

Closing Session: For your ticket out the door, write a short paragraph comparing and contrasting the two stories we read in class today. How do these magical realism stories differ in theme and representation of women?

Assessment: Illustrations will be graded; group discussions will be formatively assessed for understanding.

Differentiation: Learning style (illustration for visual learners, movement and discussion for kinesethetic learners)

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