51 pages 1 hour read

Isabel Allende

And of Clay Are We Created

Fiction | Short Story | YA | Published in 1989

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Thought & Response Prompts

These prompts can be used for in-class discussion, exploratory free-writing, or reflection homework before or after reading the story.

Pre-Reading “Icebreaker”

Before reading the story, consider its title. What does the phrase “And of Clay Are We Created” suggest to you or remind you of?

Teaching Suggestion: The story’s title echoes a line from Genesis: “For dust you are, and to dust you shall return” (3:19). Regardless of whether students catch the specific allusion, they may know about creation myths that describe a god or gods creating humans from the earth; the Abrahamic story is a well-known but by no means isolated example. Prompt students to think about why so many cultures might share this belief, what it says about human attitudes towards the cycle of life and death, and how the belief connects to the theme of Acceptance of Mortality.