O Pioneers!: The Literary Mandala

This O Pioneers!: The Literary Mandala activity & project also includes:

Invite individuals to make a study of a chosen character from O Pioneers! by Willa Cather. Learners will create mandalas that include adjectives that describe their chosen characters and symbols to represent personality traits. Along the way, they compose paragraphs about these symbols that include textual support. Close with quick oral presentations.

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Instructional Ideas

  • Have learners create one mandala near the beginnning or middle of the book and another near the end to set up a comparison at the end of the unit; they can describe how characters have changed over the course of the narrative
Classroom Considerations

  • The included rubric is very brief, so you may wish to use it as a starting point only when grading

  • Comes with a sample mandala that learners can examine as they put together their work
  • A worksheet is provided

  • Keep an eye out for minor usage errors