Chapter 7 of this novel is a long one and there are some subtle things that I don’t want students to miss. In a long chapter, it is easy to lose focus! I actually split this one into three days (1 beginning through when Emilia’s mom comes to the shop to check on her, 2 mom talking to her in the shop through mom almost spilling the beans about dad, 3 Ignacio stays to have dinner with her family and reveals “his family story”)
This is the chapter in which Ignacio reveals that he watched Emilia all day as she worried about whether or not he was coming and fake cried about his dad then laughed when the family bought his story… The kids are JUST finding out how cruel he really is! I want them to get mad! To be shocked that he has thought this plan out so well that he even spied to see how she would take it when he didn’t show up! He’s a sneaky guy! So far this technique is working. I had a lot more expression of surprise over his creepy stalking this year than I have in years past!
I wanted to pull out main ideas from the chapter and have them explain with textual examples and analysis, so I made this box and bullet point hand out. We are still working on our notes, section 3 tomorrow, but I am already liking what I see.