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Do Now:. Do you feel that being from a different: race, culture, background or socioeconomic status from the person you like affects your chances of being with them? If so, why or why not? . What lessons have you learned in life about love?.

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Do Now:

Do you feel that being from a different: race, culture, backgroundor socioeconomic status from the person you like affects your chances of being with them? If so, why or why not?

What lessons have you learned in life about love?

  • What lessons have you learned through your own experiences? Or through viewing others experiences? Advice from friends or family?

Who is Judith Ortiz

Standard: Reading 3.9 Narrative Analysis of Grade-level-Appropriate text: Explain how voice, persona, and the choice of narrator affect characterization and the tone, plot and credibility of the text.

  • Objective:

  • Students will be able to explain how the voice affect the tone of the story.

  • Students will be able to explain how persona and narrator are important for creating the credibility of the text and the main events that take place in the text.

Essay Prompt after the reading:

  • How does the choice of narrator shape the credibility of the text? How does the choice of narrator affect the way the plot occurs. We learn that Ortiz writes a remembrance. Knowing that it is a first person narrator, how does this gain the audiences trust and respect? Use quotes and explain them. How does first person narrator affect the plot? Use quotes?

We will brainstorm as a class next week.

  • I will handout prompt

  • Graphic organizer

  • Sentence starters and rubric next week

Puerto Rico

We will be reading a chapter from her book Silent Dancing

While the men were at work and the boys played baseball, the women and girls would congregate over coffee at Mamá’s and listen to stories being told; Ortiz Cofer traces her belief in the power of storytelling to these charmed afternoons.

In the first essay, “Casa,” Ortiz Cofer recounts a story that was recounted to her countless times by her grandmother, Mamá. According to the story, María la Loca, the crazy lady who wanders around the village, serves as the example of the woman who allows love to defeat her. As a young woman, María fell in love with a rich man in the village (his name changes with every retelling of the story), but he abandoned her at the altar. From that moment, so the story goes, María became crazier every day, and she ended up alone, childless, and outside the social life of the community.


  • Judith Ortiz Cofer: Understanding a Writer Judith OrtízCofer was born in Hormigueros, Puerto Rico in 1952. She was raised on the island and in Paterson, New Jersey, before her family finally settled in Augusta, Georgia. She received her B.A. in English from Augusta

Narrator- young girl

Essay Prompt:

  • Compare and Contrast Essay Love is an emotion that deeply alters a person’s thought-process. This emotion can bring out the best of people or even make them question who they are and what they’re willing to give up for the person they love. 

  • How does the narrators plot ( main events) affect


  • a FIRST PERSON narrator is an "I" (occasionally a "we") who speaks from her/his subject position. That narrator is usually a character in the story, who interacts with other characters; we see those interactions through the narrator's eyes, and we can't know anything the narrator doesn't know. a SECOND PERSON narrator speaks in "you." This is an extremely rare case in American literature, although we will read a few examples.a THIRD PERSON narrator is not a figure in the story, but an "observer" who is outside the action being described. A third-person narrator might be omniscient (ie, able to tell what all the characters are thinking), but that is not always the case. Third-person narration may also be focalized through a particular character, meaning that the narrator tells us how that character sees the world, but can't, or at least doesn't, read the mind of all the characters this way.


  • The emotion that is evoked (brought out) while reading.

  • Ex. Sad, anger, happiness, excitement, suspenseful

Credibility of a text

  • First hand resources have the most credibility.

  • From what perspective is the work being told?

  • Are there any other works that support what the author is saying?

Voice and persona

  • Voice is the characteristic speech and thought patterns of a first-person narrator; a persona. Because voice has so much to do with the reader's experience of a work of literature, it is one of the most important elements of a piece of writing.

  • Also Known As: persona. Persona is the role of the narrator.

Power point Project

  • You can work with a a partner or alone

  • What will your power point address?

  • What will be on each slide

  • Next week YOU WILL PRESENT. You have not presented once, but this will be your first presentation where you will be graded on posture, voice, and delivery.

Slide One: What happened to Judith that made her change her views on love?

  • Include 3-5 sentences

  • Include an image

Slide two: What is Judith Ortiz’s perception on love?

  • Include 3-5 sentences

  • Include an image

Slide three: What is the tone of her chapter

  • Include an image

  • Include a quote

Slide four: What is your perception about Love?

  • Include 3-5 sentences

  • Include an image

Slide five: What are different ways people express their love?

  • Include 3-5 sentences

  • Include an image

Slide six: How have your life experiences affected the way you feel about love?

  • Include 3-5 sentences

  • Include an image

Slide seven: select a quote from the story that shows Ortiz new attitude on love

  • Quote :

Slide Eight: Critical Thinking

  • Is it possible to live without love?

  • Are there some people who can never love? How do you think Judith feels?

  • Does this harm them? How?

Slide nine:

  • Has there been a period in your life when you didn’t love anyone?

  • What difference did this make to your life?

Slide ten:

  • Do you find it more important to love or to be loved?

  • What is it in another person that makes you love him or her?

Slide eleven:

  • What can you do when someone loves you whom you don’t love?

  • How do you feel in this situation?

  • Is there a real difference between deep friendship and love?

Slide twelve:

  • When people are asked what made their love die, they often say things like this:

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