My Antonia: During Reading Strategy

Home in on the quote on this page to explore setting, the author's and character's voices, and plot in Willa Cather's My Antonia. Pupils draw a picture of what is described in the quote, discuss the content, and make connections to their own lives through a journal entry and writing exercise.

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Instructional Ideas

  • Use the quote provided here for one exercise and find another to assign for homework or a second similar exercise; students can explore setting and author's voice along with other literary elements and devices

  • Requires learners to examine the author's voice in several different ways
  • Focuses on literary elements like setting and plot in a more interactive and hands-on way (class members get to draw and write rather than just identify)

  • Watch out for minor typos and grammar errors