Bless Me, Ultima: Character Development

This Bless Me, Ultima: Character Development lesson plan also includes:

"The ways of men are strange, and hard to learn." Or so Ultima, the curandera in Rudolfo Anaya's Bless Me, Ultima, tells Antonio. Yet Antonio does learn from the men in this story and groups consider what Antonio learns from Andrew, Narciso, and Tenorio.

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Instructional Ideas

Ask class members to divide a large circle into four quadrants. Label the first quarter, starting at the noon position, as physical; the second emotional; the third, spiritual; and the final section intellectual. Individuals then place the characters in the quadrant they feel most represents the character's influence in Antonio's life. After sorting the characters, participants should make three observations about what the graphic reveals.

Classroom Considerations


  • All related materials are contained in the attached zip file
  • The seventh in a 10-lesson unit study of Bless Me, Ultima
  • The lessons are designed to be presented in order; however, most can be augmented with additional activities

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