"Games At Twilight" is a beautifully written multicultural short story about a young protagonist named Ravi who ultimately learns that he is not as important to the world as he thought. This comprehensive unit contains many creative and academic challenging activities that focus on common core sills like vocabulary in context, summary, character complexity, sensory language, figurative language, symbolism, group work, and presentation skills.
With its universally applicable message and Desai's masterful delivery, students will not easily forget Ravi's "coming of age" moment, especially since many of them have experienced the same realization at some point throughout their childhood.
Pre-reading Quick Write – to frontload student knowledge
During Reading “Vocabulary In Context” Activity
After Reading “Identifying and Analyzing Character Complexity”
After Reading “Identifying and Analyzing Sensory Language”
After Reading Symbolism Activity
“Create Your Own Game” Culminating Group Project Planning Guide
“Create Your Own Game” Culminating Group Project Rubric, Group Member Responsibility Chart, and Presentation Feedback Forms
Detailed Answer Keys!
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.R.1 (read for explicit and implicit meanings, citing evidence)
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.R.2 (determine central ideas)
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.R.3 (analyze character development)
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.R.4 (analyze word choices)
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.W.1 (persuasive/argument writing)
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.W.2 (informative/explanatory writing)
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.SL.1 (participate in a range of collaborations)
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.SL.3 (evaluate a speaker’s reasoning)
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.SL.4 (present content in an organized way)
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.SL.5 (make strategic use of visual displays)
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.L.4 (vocabulary in context)
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.L.5 (understanding figurative language)
I hope you and your students enjoy!
Other Multicultural Short Story Units:
"Only Daughter" by Sandra Cisneros: Close Reading and Analysis Unit
"The Little Match Girl" Christmas Story: Close Reading and Analysis Unit
"The Ransom of Red Chief" by O. Henry: Close Reading and Analysis Unit
"The Open Window" by Saki: Close Reading and Analysis Unit
Keywords: Anita Desai, Games At Twilight, short stories, short story unit, reading comprehension, analysis, multicultural literature, multicultural short stories, vocabulary in context, symbolism, character complexity, sensory language, figurative language, group work, presentation skills, evaluation skills