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Lesson developed by Kim Amador

Love in the Time of Cholera Essential Questions: How do works of literature depict themes about love. and societal constructs through stylist storytelling? How do they help us to understand our own journey? Unit Questions: How does Marquez use magical realism to convey those themes? How do the characters in the novel help to define or contradict the experience of love. aging. death. and/or characterization to portray social class and the history of colonialism in the setting? . or by how they are perceived? How does Marquez use symbolism. the notion of the journey. of inward questioning and outward conformity? Are characters defined by their actions. satire. imagery. by what others say.


It is not up for debate. noting… For example: . . describing. There are explicit answers.Practical question about what something means.The information is available within the text. naming.Defining. .Who is called the “Crowned Goddess?” .What were Dr.. Urbino’s last words? .

why do Fermina and Dr. For example: How are Dr.Analyzing. grouping. Making an educated guess at its meaning. etc. Text + Self .Readers create an understanding about what the work implicitly states by gathering evidence or clues from the text.. synthesizing. comparing/contrasting. . Urbino get married? . Urbino and Florentino Ariza similar and different? If not for love.The reader’s interpretation or opinion of a text.

. .Readers look at the broader picture by making connections between his/her understanding of the text and how it connects with the world: “why does it matter?” Text + Self + World .Readers think beyond what the text states. aging. and will vary. For Example: How do works of literature depict topics of love. Answers are based on reader’s prior knowledge and experience.. imagining. speculating. hypothesizing.Evaluating. predicting. and society through stylistic storytelling? How do they help us to understand our own journey? What is the goal of love? .

Literal (Text) Inferential (Text + Self) Evaluative (Text + Self + World) . .• http://www.

Find one practical (literal question about what something means) and several thought-provoking questions about the deeper meaning of the novel or the author’s message (inferential and evaluative). . As you read. • During the last 25 minutes of class today. take time to reflect on passages that you have questions about. each student will ask his or her favorite deeper meaning question and the teacher will type up student questions onto a master sheet for you to consider and write about during next class.• Socratic Seminar Discussion Questions • Love in the Time of Cholera • Take 45 minutes to work on your reading.

(How. themes. the author’s message. etc.) • ___________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________ _________________________________________ . plot. could. cultural or psychological ideas. about characters. should. (e. they connect the text to self or knowledge of the world. attitudes toward society. symbolism. These are life application questions.g. why.• AP English Literature – Love in the Time of Cholera • Literal: write one practical question: • ___________________________________________________________ _______________________________ • Inferential: write two or three under-the-surface questions about the text. would. setting…) • ___________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________ _________________________________________ • Evaluative: write two or three deeper meaning questions. etc.

often in idealized form. a form of melancholy.Some themes and motifs defined: Nostalgia: “a yearning for the past. and became an important trope in Romanticism. It was described as a medical condition. These magical elements are explained like normal occurrences that are presented in a straightforward and unembellished manner which allows the 'real' and the 'fantastic' to be accepted in the same stream of thought.” Magical Realism: is an aesthetic style in which magical elements are blended into a realistic atmosphere in order to access a deeper understanding of reality. in the Early Modern period. or may not return it in kind. even though reciprocation is usually deeply desired by the admirer.” Unrequited Love: “love that is not openly reciprocated or understood as such. The beloved may or may not be aware of the admirer's deep affections. .

Do you see the characters as static. Urbino and Fermina ever successful in their attempts to create of invent love? Were they ever actually in love? 3. Is love rational? Is it a choice? 5. death. Were Dr. or is youthful love more potent and emotionally charged? 6. and aging in the novel? 11. Does age enhance or detract from the experience of love? Does your ability to love deepen as you grow older. How does this story help you to understand or reflect on your own journey? . Urbino’s relationship with Fermina healthier than Florentino’s relationship with her? 8. Is socio-economic class still and obstacle for people in love? What other socially constructed barriers exist today that prevent people from being able to love and marry? 4. Would Florentino be your modern day stalker? Which parts of the books sort of “waved a red flag” in terms of obsession? Or is Florentino a hopeless romantic? 7. or are they changing over time? 10. How does narrative technique (back-and-forth in time) affect the way you feel about the story or the characters as you read? Why does Marquez do this? 9. Is obsession a natural part of love? Is it healthy? Is Dr. Write a response to one question from this list: 1. Can love be invented between two people who don’t really feel it? 2.How does Marquez’s use magical realism to enhance themes of love.Additional deeper meaning questions to consider for the Socratic Seminar.

Invite others into the discussion .Socratic Seminar rules and guidelines for earning points: 1. Listen actively and take notes to comment on what others share in 2nd round.Two people must speak before you speak again (no matter .Be an active participant – Raise hands . 3. Share your favorite question and answer from Wednesday 2.Listen to and build on one another’s comments what) . and always aim to empower the minority voice (meaning the person who has not spoken yet in the discussion gets priority) .Do Not sidetalk . Make your comment – look for raised hands – Call on the next person after you speak.Do Not dominate the discussion/Show humility .Comments must be appropriate/respectful/focused .

) and how the patriarchal structure of the time was forced upon her. issues around decision making.Beginning of class challenge question: Think about Fermina Daza (e. being true to herself and others.g. or other social constructs that caused her confinement? Are we judging her by modern standards? Is our frustration coming from our own relative liberation? . was it possible for her to break free from the class and gender system. from the institution of marriage. etc.

Alejo Carpentier .Music: -Astor Piazzolla -Buena Vista Social Club Movies (Magical Realism): -Like Water for Chocolate -Amelie -Whale Rider -Stranger than Fiction -Being John Malkovich -Adaptation -The Life Aquatic Latin American Writers: .Jorge Luis Borges .Rosario Castellanos .Julia de Burgos .Carlos Fuentes .Isabel Allende .Julio Cortazar .Pablo Neruda .

Fort Worth: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich College. M.themodernword. Print • .com/gabo/ • Abrams. 1993.html • • www.wikipedia.• http://mrkash. A Glossary of Literary Terms.