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Short Stories: The Handsomest Drowned Man in the World

Goals for the Week:

  1. Follow along with the daily readings of short stories.
  2. Decide on and begin a project from the Choice Board
  3. Continue to collaborate with teachers and classmates

Today’s Checklist:

  1. Learn about Gabriel García Márquez and Magical Realism
  2.  Analyze the imagery in “The Handsomest Drowned Man in the World”
  3. Create your own image to illustrate “The Handsomest Drowned Man in the World”

Today’s Lesson!

Standard:

  • ELAGSE9-10RL7 Analyze the representation of a subject or a key scene in two different artistic mediums (e.g., Auden’s poem “Musée de Beaux Arts” and Breughel’s painting Landscape with the Fall of Icarus), including what is emphasized or absent in each treatment.
  • 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 can analyze how artists represent a short story by looking at images inspired by “The Handsomest Drowned Man in the World” so that I can create an illustration of my own.

Activator: 

Our short story today is by Gabriel García Márquez, a famous Colombian author. García Márquez died in 2014 at the age of 87. This obituary video clip from the BBC discusses his life and legacy:

Work Session: 

Your assignment for this unit!

You will have one major assignment for this unit, and you get to choose it! Visit the choice board and select one project to complete about one story. In other words,

Today’s Story: “The Handsomest Drowned Man in the World” by Gabriel García Márquez

Today’s story is a little….weird. The basic plot is that a group of people from a tiny fishing village find the corpse of a drowned man floating up to their shores. They clean the man up so they can bury him properly, and in doing so, they discover he’s drop-dead gorgeous. The people of the village, men and women both, are so smitten by the beautiful man,whom they name Esteban, that they change their village forever so it can be a place they’re proud to be Esteban’s home.

Here is the complete story in its original Spanish:

…and here is the full story translated to English:

It’s weird. It’s also beautiful. As you read the story, pay close attention to the imagery the author uses to paint vivid pictures in your head. Despite being about a bloated, drowned corpse, the man is described as beautiful. Even the negative images, like the dullness of the little village before the man arrives, are vivid and realistic. Can’t you just see them in your head?!

After reading, go do a Google Image Search for “The Handsomest Drowned Man in the World” or just “Handsomest Drowned Man” and check out some of the images that artists have created, inspired by this story. Here are a couple of my favorites:

Spend some time browsing these images, because today I’d like you to try your hand at creating your own!

Closing Session:

For our closing session today, I want you to create an illustration inspired by “The Handsomest Drowned Man in the World.” This is not a graded assignment, but I will feature your creations here on the blog! You can use any medium you like – crayons or markers, pencils, make a sculpture, or create one of these cool nature assemblages and take a picture. Any way you choose to create is fine, I just want you to take some time over the weekend and be creative! It’s good for us to be creative while we’re in isolation 🙂

Remember, no new lesson tomorrow, so I’ll see you Monday!

Looking Ahead: Monday’s Story

If you want to get ahead on things, here is the story we’re reading on Monday:

 

The Epic of Monday

Standard:

§  ELAGSE9-10RL4 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.)

Learning Target: I will analyze the imagery in Gilgamesh and its impact on the tone of the story.

Opening Session: A good Gilgamesh summary video! This will catch you up from yesterday and preview today’s reading as well:

Work Session: So, today we’re starting off with a quick review of the Hero’s Journey archetype that we’ve been talking about, which is always fun :) After our daily video, though, we’re diving right into Gilgamesh again! Today we’re reading about the flood, which is a story with a lot of historical significance. Tomorrow we’ll read some nonfiction about the way this story affected the world when it was first discovered.

…After we finish reading, I want you guys to look at the concept of imagery. Imagery, as you probably recall from 9th lit, is when you have very descriptive words in the story you’re reading. Words that paint a picture in your head, or call to mind the five senses. Words that really make you feel like you’re there. Today we’re going to do a brief imagery project.

1.     Find an example of imagery in The Epic of Gilgamesh.

2.     Write the quote from the book with an MLA citation (We will go over this).

3.     Which of the five senses does this quote evoke? (Sight, hearing, taste, smell, touch)?

4.     Draw an illustration of this piece of imagery.

Closing session: When you’re finished, we’ll leave them on our desks and have a brief gallery walk. Awesome standouts will be displayed on the classroom wall  We will also do a book talk today to introduce you to another hero’s journey story you might like to read.

Assessment: Imagery illustrations will be assessed.

Differentiation: Learning style (visual, kinesthetic); product (drawings).

The Handsomest Two Words

Standard:

  • 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: Audi 2017 Super Bowl ad

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 out of our textbook 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)

The Epic of Wednesday

Standard:

  • ELAGSE9-10RL4 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.)

Learning Target: I will analyze the imagery in Gilgamesh and its impact on the tone of the story.

Opening Session: A good Gilgamesh summary video! This will catch you up from yesterday and preview today’s reading as well:

Work Session: So, today we’re starting off with a quick review of the Hero’s Journey archetype that we’ve been talking about, which is always fun :) After our daily video, though, we’re diving right into Gilgamesh again! Today we’re reading about the flood, which is a story with a lot of historical significance. Tomorrow we’ll read some nonfiction about the way this story affected the world when it was first discovered.

…After we finish reading, I want you guys to look at the concept of imagery. Imagery, as you probably recall from 9th lit, is when you have very descriptive words in the story you’re reading. Words that paint a picture in your head, or call to mind the five senses. Words that really make you feel like you’re there. Today we’re going to do a brief imagery project.

  1. Find an example of imagery in The Epic of Gilgamesh.
  2. Write the quote from the book with an MLA citation (We will go over this).
  3. Which of the five senses does this quote evoke? (Sight, hearing, taste, smell, touch)?
  4. Draw an illustration of this piece of imagery.

Closing session: When you’re finished, we’ll leave them on our desks and have a brief gallery walk. Awesome standouts will be displayed on the classroom wall 🙂 We will also do a book talk today to introduce you to another hero’s journey story you might like to read.

Assessment: Imagery illustrations will be assessed.

Differentiation: Learning style (visual, kinesthetic); product (drawings).

 

The Epic of Thursday!

Standard: RL.9-10.1. Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.

Learning Target: Students will finish reading the Gilgamesh selection from our text.

Activator: 

 

So, today we’re starting off with a quick review of the Hero’s Journey archetype that we’ve been talking about, which is always fun :) After our daily video, though, we’re diving right into Gilgamesh again! Today we’re reading about the flood, which is a story with a lot of historical significance. Tomorrow we’ll read some nonfiction about the way this story affected the world when it was first discovered.

…After we finish reading, I want you guys to look at the concept of imagery. Imagery, as you probably recall from 9th lit, is when you have very descriptive words in the story you’re reading. Words that paint a picture in your head, or call to mind the five senses. Words that really make you feel like you’re there. Today we’re going to do a brief imagery project.

  1. Find an example of imagery in The Epic of Gilgamesh.
  2. Write the quote from the book with an MLA citation (We will go over this).
  3. Which of the five senses does this quote evoke? (Sight, hearing, taste, smell, touch)?
  4. Draw an illustration of this piece of imagery.

When you’re finished, we’ll leave them on our desks and have a brief gallery walk. Awesome standouts will be displayed on the classroom wall 🙂