A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings: Practice with Short Story

A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings: Practice with Short Story
A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings: Practice with Short Story
A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings: Practice with Short Story
A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings: Practice with Short Story
A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings: Practice with Short Story
A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings: Practice with Short Story
A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings: Practice with Short Story
A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings: Practice with Short Story
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Students learn about the context for Gabriel García Márquez’s short story, “A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings.”

This lesson encourages students to write a rhetorical analysis essay.

Students will read, listen to and view supporting video and audio clips while learning the necessary elements to analyze fiction. Students will show mastery of the standards at the end of the lesson through a plot diagram, short paragraph assessments, multiple choice, a Socratic seminar, and a written timed essay scored on an AP English-style rubric.

The central text is the essay is Gabriel García Márquez’s short story, “A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings.” The students will complete a plot diagram graphic organizer for the story. The TED TALK and long videos used are from an excerpt of the film “A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings” & The TED TALK “Magical Realism: Embracing the Absurdity of Latin America,” by Andrés Hermida. There are links to two different multiple-choice assessments including one designed for ACT/SAT style reading and assessment. Links to different NPR, New York Times articles and many videos showing the themes of the unit. There is a short paragraph writing opportunity writing as Elisenda on the day after the story ends. The entire lessons act as a building of context for a rhetorical analysis on “A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings.”

These six daily lessons fit any Honors Literature class, Pre-AP, American Literature, AP English Language or Literature class to prepare students for AP English Language exams, Common Core extended response assessments, American Literature Course exams, the SAT and ACT essay and critical thinking activities.

There are sources for teaching the Socratic Seminar, as the lessons act as support for the rhetorical analysis. The packet includes complete lessons, Common Core standards, essential and key questions.

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19 pages
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1 Week
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