Referencing Events

Once Upon a Time

Work Time

With a partner, complete the following tasks.

  • Plot the six most important events in “Once Upon a Time.”
  • Next, discuss together what you think the author, Nadine Gordimer, is saying about life in South Africa. Take notes on important ideas raised during your discussion and how they might connect with life in other countries, like the United States.
  • Write a response to the question, “At what plot points did you personally feel most intensely sad, angry, or disturbed?”
  • Return to your annotations and try to trace back what in the writing led to your feelings.

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