Chapter reduction assignment to be completed for each chapter
Reading guide questions
Character identification list to complete and character map directions
Jigsaw activity to be completed at the end of the book (one class period to prepare)
Final assessment essay assignment (Due 1 week after completing the book. You will be given limited class time to complete)
As We Read
L 10.4: I can verify my inferred meaning of an unknown work consulting reference materials Pre-Reading Vocabulary: definitions due before reading the book, page numbers to be added as we read
RL 10.1: I can read closely and find answers explicitly in text and answers that require an inference. Reading guide
W 10.6: I can determine the most effective technology medium to complete my writing task. Chapter Reduction: each chapter due the day after reading the chapter
RL 10.3: I can identify and explain the role of complex characters in a text. I can analyze how characters develop through their interactions with others. I can analyze how complex characters advance the plot of a text and/or contribute to the development of the theme. Complete the character identification list be sure to reference pages where you found your information.
Complete the character map identifying how each of the characters from the list are connected in the story.
SL 10.1: I can create questions and locate key textual evidence to contribute to a discussion on the given topic, text, or issue. I can come prepared with key points and textual evidence to contribute to a discussion and stimulate a thoughtful well-reasoned exchange of ideas.
SL 10.3 I can identify when a speaker uses evidence and/rhetoric and analyze how these techniques strengthen his/her point of view or purpose. Jigsaw activity.
W 10.1 I can choose a side of the argument and identify claims that support my choice and claims that oppose my choice. Final assessment essay.
Chronicle of a Death Foretold Vocabulary
Vocabulary Word Definition
Saint Elmo's Fire
coup de grace
Chronicle of a Death Foretold
Like in cooking, reduction reduces the volume of information (liquid in cooking) down to the important points, ideas, quotations, themes. Your reduction will be a one page snap shot of each chapter in the novel, Chronicle of a Death Foretold. You reduction is student driven, all inclusive, and will be your ready source for future reference. The value of a reduction is the learning that takes place while you create it. It is the process of doing that helps you understand a work of literature better and retain its content longer for essays and tests.
Horizontally on one 8 x 11 page
Choose your own unique structure. The way you choose to structure your reduction has value and shows your analysis of the chapters.
You should consider including the following:
Plot highlights (only what is important)
Themes, underlying meaning
Short, partial quotations
Structure of chapter (if important)
Important literary devices (symbolism, foreshadowing, irony, etc.)
Name: ________________________________________ Chronicle of a Death Foretold Reading Guide Chapter 1 1. What is a chronicle? How is this work like a chronicle? How is it unlike a chronicle?
2. What details of the "death" day do various people disagree about? What does
this disagreement indicate?
3. What did the people in the town expect would be important that day? What
actually turned out to be important? What is the "lesson"?
Chapter 2 4. Discuss Bayardo San Román:
a) physical description
b) why does he want to marry Angela?
c) actions that reveal his character?
5. Discuss Angela:
a) how does she feel about Bayardo (before the wedding)?
b) the town's and her family's expectations of her
7. What is the motive given for killing Santiago Nasar?
Chapter 3 8. What "time frame" is described in this chapter?
9. What is the reasoning of the Vicario twins? What justifies their act? How do they really feel about it? Give evidence.
10. What does the fact that nearly everyone knows (except Santiago) what is planned tell us about the fundamental assumptions, values of the town?
11. How do class differences influence feelings about Santiago?
Chapter 4 12. What is significant about María Alejandrina Cervantes and her "girls"? What
attitudes do the townspeople and the narrator have toward them?
13. Explain what happens to Angela Vicario and Bayardo San Román after the murder and in later years?
14. Discuss Angela's "love letters." What wry/ironic comment is Marquez making about such letters when he has Bayardo "return" to Angela but with the letters unopened?
Chapter 5 15. What does the narrator discover about Santiago's role in "deflowering" Angela?
a) did Santiago die "understanding" the reason for his death?
b) why would Angela withhold the name of the real perpetrator? who
might it be? evidence?
c) what symbolic meaning does this mystery have for ALL humans?
16. What puzzles most of the townspeople as they look aback on the morning of Santiago's death?
17. Why, in some sense, does the "piecing together" of this chronicle make the narrator and the townspeople "feel better"?
18. After reading the book, what might readers conclude is the significance of the title for themselves? Why?
Create a web showing how all the characters are connected; include how each of the characters are connected. You may use whatever format you feel is appropriate to do this.
Here’s an example:
Chronicle of a Death Foretold Jigsaw
You will be assigned 1 role for 1 of the following questions. You will interpret and answer the questions as that character. You will be discussing the questions with the other “characters” from the book.
You will need to come to class prepared to discuss any of the following topics as the character assigned to you in the table below. You will be given time to talk with the other people working with your character.
In preparation, you will also need to determine how the other characters would respond to these questions. You may prepare questions to ask the other characters during your discussion time.
You will have about 10 minutes to discuss your topic with the other characters. When that time is up the class will have about 5 minutes to reflect on what was said.
Women in the novel: their aspirations, the choices available to them, dependence on men or independence from men.
The code of honor that functions in this society: What are the assumptions/principles on which this code is based? The role of “honor” in the novel.
Physicality vs. spirituality: Show how Garcia Marquez’s language reflects both the physical and spiritual forces at work in human life.
Religion and superstition: What role does religion and/or the supernatural play in the lives of the villagers?
Fate vs. Freewill: What vision of human nature does the novel depict? Are human beings in control of their destiny? Was this a factor in how people responded when they heard of the murder?
“Machismo” and the male role in this society: How do males themselves view this role? How do women view it in the men around them?
Bayardo San Roman
Chronicle of a Death Foretold - Final Assessment: Who is the victim: Angela or Santiago? Part 1: Argument Paper Answer the question: “Who is the victim: Angela or Santiago?” in a short paper (three or more paragraphs).
States a clear claim/argument
Uses strong evidence and explanation of evidence
States a clear counterclaim with logical evidence
Rephrases original claim
Ends with a final statement that persuades the reader
Part 2: Creative Interpretation Directions: Bring your analysis, evaluation, and argument about Santiago and Angela alive through a creative interpretation. Take on the voice of Santiago or Angela in a poem, song, diary entry, monologue, letter, drawing, collage, etc. (make sure your project, written or visual, is on regular 8.5x11 paper size)
Meaningfully communicates ideas/interpretation
Connects to your argument paper
Uses accurate references/evidence
Argument Paper Outline: Claim/ Argument & Evidence:
In the book Chronicle of a Death Foretoldby Gabriel Garcia Marquez, _________ is the victim because (Reason 1), (Reason 2), and (Reason 3).
Evidence and explanation for Reason 1, Reason 2, and Reason 3
Counterclaim & Final Argument:
It could be argued that _______ (other character) is a victim because (Reason). However, (re-phrase thesis)
____________ is the true victim, because____________.
All assignments, except the chapter reductions and vocabulary will be collected at the completion of the book.