Due Sep 5: chapter January
Due Sep 8: chapters February & March
Due Sep 9: chapter April
Due Sep 10: chapter May
Due Sep 11: chapter June
Due Sep 12: chapter July
Due Sep 15: chapters August & September
Due Sep 16: chapter October
Due Sep 17: chapter November
Due Sep 18: finish the book
1. Determine a theme of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text, including how it emerges and is shaped and refined by specific details.
2. Analyze how complex characters (e.g., those with multiple or conflicting motivations) develop over the course of a text, interact with other characters, and advance the plot or develop the theme.
3. Analyze how an author's choices concerning how to structure a text, order events within it (e.g., parallel plots), and manipulate time (e.g., pacing, flashbacks) create such effects as mystery, tension, or surprise.
4. Analyze a particular cultural experience reflected in a work from outside the United States.
5. When discussing the book, refer to its evidence; pose and respond to questions that relate the discussion to broader themes; incorporate peers into the discussion; clarify, verify, or challenge ideas; and justify personal views.
6. Integrate information into the text selectively to maintain the flow of ideas, avoiding plagiarism and following a standard format for citation.
1. Take vocabulary test on Mondays.
2. In a graded student-led discussion, analyze theme, characters, writing style, and culture of Like Water for Chocolate.
3. Take notes on the Mexican Revolution, the novel's historical context:
Mexican Revolution 1910-1920 -- Pancho Villa, films, & New Mexico -- Emiliano Zapata, Zapatistas, "I'd rather die on my feet than live on my knees" -- haciendas/federales vs peasants -- corrido (ballad) music
Use the notes to answer: What role does Mexico play in this book? How would the book be different if it were in a different country or era? Cite 2 specific mentions of the war and/or milieu.
4. Create a bubble map with the book’s theme in the middle and its evidence in the outside bubbles. Find 4 pieces of evidence (with page numbers).
5. Create a bridge map showing relationships between pairs of characters in the book. Consider their motives, personalities, changes, life events, and importance in book. Beneath each bridge explain the analogy you made. You should have 6 characters.
6. Integrate and parenthetically cite specific quotations to support your opinion (quote sandwich). You must have at least one example of ellipsis, brackets, and single quotation marks.
1. Analyze the fire motif with 3 examples.
2. Do a gender analysis of 1 man and 1 woman in the novel: Nacha, Chencha, Gertrudis, Rosaura, Mama Elena, John, Pedro. How are love relationships portrayed? How are power relationships portrayed? What are the expected roles of the man and woman? How do characters take on traits from opposite genders? What does the work reveal about patriarchy or matriarchy?
3. How does Esquivel make readers feel pity or disgust for a particular character?
Example of quote sandwich:
Women’s power is often seen as magical in this book. For example, John’s grandmother Morning Light healed a bleeding man just by placing her hands on him and “no one dared to say no” (Esquivel 113) when she asked to be alone with him. They were initially doubtful that he could be healed, but then no one objected because they were afraid of Morning Light’s power. AND SO ON
Use an ellipsis ... to remove words.
Use brackets [ ] to add or replace letters or words.
Use single quotation marks ' ' to quote a quotation.