Monday, August 22, 2016

The Fate of Chronicle of A Death Foretold

I am trying to decide whether or not to continue to teach Chronicle of a Death Foretold by Gabriel Garcia Marquez during the next school year (2017-18). The novel is on the proverbial chopping block because I find that very few kids like or love it. What I can't decide is whether or not they need to like or love it. That's for another conversation. Even though I'm considering inserting a different book into the curriculum, I still want to try to perhaps teach the novel differently or better or with more guidance to help them to see the value.

This year I a starting off reading the first 10 pages as a class to help them scaffold the characters and model annotation.

In addition, I am previewing the novel for the first time with this scenario:

Preview of the Novel

Scenario: When you were in high school, one of your best friends was murdered downtown in broad daylight. You learn that most people at the school knew that the murder was going to occur, but did nothing to prevent it. Twenty-seven years later (How old will you be in 27 years? you return to the school where it occurred to find out what happened. Many of the staff and teachers are still there, although they are very old. Many of your old classmates are still there too, working at the school either as teachers, administrators, or staff. What 10 questions would you have for them?

We will then list the questions and examine whether or not they are answered in this novel.

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