Bless Me, Ultima: Characters

This Bless Me, Ultima: Characters lesson plan also includes:

"It seemed the more I knew about people the more I knew about the strange magic hidden in their hearts." Ultima's strange magic and the hidden hearts of Narciso, Tenorior, and the other foils in Bless Me, Ultima, are examined in the fourth session of a 10-lesson unit study of Rudolfo Anaya's novel.

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Instructional Ideas
  • Caballo or yegua? Robert Young's 1982 film, The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez, explores misunderstandings that arise when translating from one language to another. Preview the film to see if it is appropriate for your class and your approach to the bi-cultural elements of Anaya's novel
  • Rather than use the provided translations for the Spanish used in the story, ask Spanish speakers to translate the passages for the class
Classroom Considerations
  • Like Antonio, some class members may struggle with magical elements of Ultima's healing. Although the long version of the film in the first lesson of the unit prepares readers for the magical elements, carefully consider the culture of your class when approaching this discussion
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  • The suggested writing exercise asks individuals to make personal connections to Antonio's struggles
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