Magical Realism


  • 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.) Georgia ELA
  • 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. Georgia ELA
  • ELAGSE9-10RL2 Determine a theme or central idea of text and closely analyze its development over the course of the text, including how it emerges and is shaped and refined by specific details; provide an objective summary of the text. Georgia ELA

Learning Target
I can examine the genre and themes of The Alchemist by participating in a class discussion so that I can gain a deeper understanding of the text.

Opening Session
Magical Realism

Work Session
Alchemist Value Line (yes/no/maybe) class discussion (students must defend their position on the value line)

The Alchemist Value Line questions


  1. Alchemist
  2. sacristy
  3. pasture
  4. zenith
  5. seminary
  6. omen
  7. Philosopher’s Stone
  8. caravan
  9. primitive
  10. levanter


Closing Session

Now that we have some background information, it’s time to start the book! Read The Alchemist to the star on page 21 🙂

Formative (class discussion, notes, value line)

Learning style (kinesthetic, visual)

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