Bless Me, Ultima: Symbols

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As part of a 10-lesson unit study of Bless Me, Ultima, readers analyze three major symbols in Rudolfo Anaya's novel: Ultima's owl, the river, and the golden carp. The focus here is on how Antonio's response to these symbols develop his character.

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Instructional Ideas

  • Copy the pages describing the Christmas pageant, reformat as a readers theatre script, cast the scene, with the exposition divided between two narrators, and have the ensemble perform the scene for the class
Classroom Considerations

  • Consider prefacing the activities in this session with a mini-lesson on how to identify and interpret symbols

  • The attached zip file contains all required unit materials

  • The lesson assumes that readers are familiar with symbolism and know how to identify and explore the levels of meaning represented by them