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The Night Face Up: Examining Parallel Plots

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Transcript of The Night Face Up: Examining Parallel Plots

The Night Face Up:
Short Story by Julio Cortazar

Examining Parallel Plots in Fiction
Warm-Up:

Today we're going to read a short story that is about Aztec sacrifice. However, the story has a "parallel plot" and begins with a motorcycle accident.

Screen the following video clips related to these above topics. Take notes. Discuss with the class what you learn about these topics and be prepared to share you thoughts and feelings.
Background Info: (Collections, p. 171)

Cortazar was an Argentinian writer
Known for weaving fantasy, hallucinations, and dreams into his fiction (something he does in
The Night Face Up
, the short story you're about to read!)
In Aztec sacrifice, human victims were prisoners of war or slaves
They were hunted down
Their sacrifices were thought to appease the gods and make the Aztec leaders stronger
Guided Practice:

1. Read short story as a class (pp. 171-179), beginning to take notes on PARALLEL PLOTS (see handout).

Task: As you read the short story, take notes on the two PARALLEL PLOTS that emerge throughout this story. The first takes place in the modern world in a hospital after a severe motorcycle accident; the second takes place during an Aztec sacrifice. As you read, keep in mind that the plots are interwoven, so they go back and forth. It can get a bit confusing as you read, but try to hang in there!

2. Screen additional two clips from
Apocalypto
before reading short story!

3. After first read, discuss ending with class. Is it clear which of the two plots was "real"? Why or why not?
Independent Practice:

1. In pairs, re-read short story and finish close reading/annotation handout on PARALLEL PLOTS.

2. Pairs answers all questions in handout and present findings to class using FISHBOWL DISCUSSION.

3. Homework: Answers Analyzing the Text questions (p. 181, questions 1-7) and Critical Vocab questions (p. 182, questions 1-4)
Extension Activity/Project -

Students work in groups of 3-5 to complete one of the following options:

1. Write a short story with a
parallel plot structure
similar to
The Night Face Up
. The story can be told as a traditional narrative (typed up on Google Docs) or using multimedia (Keynote, Educreations, Prezi, VoiceThread, or creative video filmed by students).

2. Analyze the
parallel plot structure
in
The Night Face Up
. Use Keynote, Educreations, Prezi, Voice Thread, or a video discussion (film it using the camera on you iPad!) to discuss how Cortazar uses two story lines in one to tell his story. Use the notes in your handout to guide your discussion.

3. Find another story online with a
parallel plot structure
. Read the story. In your presentation, give a link to the story and analyze the parallel plot structure using Keynote, Educreations, Prezi, Voice Thread or a video discussion. You should address the same questions that were raised in the handout you completed for
The Night Face Up
in class.
Project Extension Continued:

Student Presentations!
Group Discussion (See last page of handout):

1. Is it clear which of the two plots was “real”? Why/why not? Based on your reading of the story, which plot do you think was the “real” plot and not the one in his head? Do you think the motorcycle/hospital plot or the Aztec sacrifice plot was the real one? In 8-12 sentences, describe your reasoning below using details from the story to support your perspective.

2. How does The Night Face Up and its parallel plot structure relate to our unit theme of How We See Things? Use details from the story to support your writing. In 8-12 sentences, discuss your response below.
Reading Focus (see Handout):

PLOT 1 -

Motorcycle/Modern Hospital Plot #1
(Number the chronological order of events from the story – Plot #1 – in the space to the right.)

Details from Story about KEY POINTS the Plot
(Give three quotes to the right – e.g. the surgical knife and other equipment used for the patient’s surgery to save his life in the hospital.)

Explanation of details
(In your own words, explain the importance of each quote above as it relates to the plot and how these examples create tension.)
Reading Focus (see Handout):

PLOT 2 -

Aztec Sacrifice Plot # 2
(Number the chronological order of events from the story – plot #2 – in the space to the right.)

Details from Story about KEY POINTS in the Plot
(Give three quotes to the right – e.g. the knife used to kill the victim by the Aztec leaders who perform the sacrifice.)

Explanation of details
(In your own words, explain the importance of each quote above as it relates to the plot and how these examples create tension.)
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