Rudolfo Anaya’s Bless Me, Ultima is a significant novel for high school English classrooms to read and evaluate. This twenty-two part unit of Bless Me, Ultima is designed for reading and analysis. Slideshows with vivid images and information, access to outside sources, and other activities will all be a part of this piece.
Use the text Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya. Any edition of the work may be used.
The first part of this unit is for Bless Me, Ultima. Use the following information for classroom instruction.
Have students to read the following introduction:
“Exquisite prose and wondrous storytelling have helped make Rudolfo Anaya the father of Chicano literature in English. Indeed, Anaya’s tales fairly shimmer with the haunting beauty and richness of culture. The winner of the PEN Center West Award for Fiction for his unforgettable novel Alburquerque, Anaya is perhaps the most loves for his classic bestseller, Bless Me, Ultima…
“Antonia Marez is six years old when Ultima comes to stay with his family in New Mexico. She is a curandera, one who cures with herbs and magic. Under her wise wing, Tony will probe the family ties that bind and rend him, and he will discover himself in the magical secrets of the pagan past – a mythic legacy as palpable as the Catholicism of Latin America. And at each life turn there is Ultima, who delivered Tony into the world…and will nurture the birth of his soul.”
Next, have students analyze the introduction and discuss what they might expect as they read the novel.
Have students read the first chapter (Uno) of Bless Me, Ultima.
Go over the slideshow (included in this article with more elaborate points) as an accompaniment to Bless Me, Unltima. It is titled “Bless Me, Ultima - Part 1.”
- Slide 1 (Title Page)
- Slide 2 (Vocabulary)
- Slide 3 (Class Review)
- Slide 4 (Quote Analysis)
- Slide 5 (Quote #1)
- Slide 6 (Quote #2)
- Slide 7 (Quote #3)