Daily Lessons for Teaching Hopscotch

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Lesson 1 (from Book 1, From the Other Side: Chapters 73, 1, 2, 116)


Julio Cortazar's seminal work HOPSCOTCH is an example of a hypertext novel: it can be read in several different orders. In this case, the text can be read "hopscotching" between the main narrative chapters and about 100 optional chapters.

The purpose of this lesson is to examine the reason for the hopscotching chapters.


1. Divide the class into several groups and have each choose a "From Diverse Sides" chapter at random. The group should review the chapter and determine what it is about. This may be difficult since it could deal with plots that have not happened yet. Each group should present its chapter to the class. What essential message does the chapter contain? How is it structured? Is it a narrative? A quote? What is its point of view?

2. For class discussion: As a class, discuss what this novel resembles with its optional chapters and references...

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