Teacher Guide

The Tortilla Curtain Lesson Plan

Study Objectives

If all of the elements of this lesson plan are employed, students will develop the following powers, skills, and understanding:

  1. 1

    Develop a thorough understanding of the elements of T.C. Boyle’s life and experiences that have shaped his worldview and his writings;

  2. 2

    Understand and analyze the cultural framing for this novel, and the real-life events and conflicts surrounding the immigration debate in the United States, both when the novel was written and now;

  3. 3

    Read The Tortilla Curtain with an eye to the linguistic and thematic details that Boyle is known for, and recognize the broader themes present throughout The Tortilla Curtain;

  4. 4

    Analyze and discuss, both...

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