Magical Realism Lesson Plan

Instructor: Sharon Linde

Sharon has a Masters of Science in Mathematics

Teach students about the literary genre of magical realism with this lesson plan. Students will watch a video lesson, discuss and analyze samples, then do an activity and take a quiz to show understanding.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • Define 'magical realism.'
  • Explain the history and characteristics of magical realism.

Length

1 hour for main lesson plus one to three class times for the activity

Materials

Key Vocabulary

  • Magical realism
  • Latin America
  • Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  • Isabel Allende
  • Clairvoyant
  • Haruki Murakami
  • Salman Rushdie

Curriculum Standards

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.9-10.1

Initiate and participate effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grades 9-10 topics, texts, and issues, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.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.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.4

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).

Warm-Up and Preparation

  • Give students five minutes to brainstorm words they think of when they hear the term 'magical.'
  • After brainstorming, break students into small groups to share their word lists. What thoughts and images do students have in common? What do they think of when they hear 'magical?'
  • Now have students repeat the brainstorming activity using the word 'realism.' What does realism make them think of? What are their experiences with realism?
  • After a brief class discussion on realism ask:
    • Are the terms magical and realism opposite?
    • Can something be magical and real? How?
  • Tell students they will learn about a genre called magical realism, and allow them to infer and predict the meaning.

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