This is a fun mini unit used to teach the genre of magical realism. I have used this short unit as an introduction for the novel Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel and The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende. It would also work well for introducing One Hundred Years of Solitude, Love in the Time of Cholera, or any other works by Gabriel Garcia Marquez.
This unit contains:
-A lesson (with student handouts) on the elements of magical realism
-A viewer's guide for the elements of Magical Realism in Edward Scissorhands (with key)
-A graphic organizer to be used with any film, novel, or short story in the magical realism genre
-A short story activity that students may do individually, in pairs, or in small groups