My Ántonia: Narrative and Point of View

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Understanding point of view is imperative when reading Willa Cather's My Ántonia. Divide your class into group and assign each group one discussion question about the points of view of various characters, as well as narrative and structural choices made by the author. They write a short story about themselves through the description of another person from their childhood, imitating the style of the novel (Cather describes Jim Burden's childhood by focusing on Ántonia). For homework, they finish Book One and begin Book Two, and find ways in which the land may be considered a character in the book.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Have groups rotate discussion questions so that they can address all topics, or have each group lead the rest of the class in a discussion about their own topics
  • Use the discussion topics in a Socratic circle
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  • The activities would work best in an extended block period, or split into several shorter class periods
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