Because of the visuals, moods, and unusual settings that can occur in MR books, showing a well chosen movie to students can also be a pleasant reward for hard work and a useful way to help them feel the magnitude of the genre. This list is excellent and appeals to the high school crows.
Creative writing is an obvious area to focus on during this study, as the unusual depiction of reality begs to be recreated in one's own mind…no boundaries! Even working on short bursts of writing that allow a student to dapple in this style can be liberating. Here you will find some great prompts.
Even older students still often have very colorful and vivid imaginations, and there MR can be very appealing. This creative 10th grade curriculum offers all sorts of original ideas, guided practices, assessments, and presentations for the teacher who is looking for a bit more advice on structure.
This is a terrific and thorough list of MR books well suited for many ages. Be sure to read summaries and check age appropriate indicators before assigning anything, as there are some adult novels sprinkled in.
There is a short, imaginative video here for students to help them understand the world of magical realism and promote enthusiasm for the subject. Helpful lists of authors and resources can also be found.
So, what is magical realism? It is not a fluffy category of fantasy literature which are often escapist and wildly imagined. It is serious fiction that is not about escape but engagement…it helps us name and experience our world more fully and name what we see.