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16. The Search For Identity

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Judith Ortiz Cofer - Teaching Tips

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  • You may want to start a discussion of "The Witch's Husband" by relating it to the oral tradition of Cofer's culture. Discuss how Abuela's story may be even more effective if spoken, and encourage students to read passages aloud.

  • Students will be curious about what Abuela ("Grandmother") might have done during her year in New York. While you may effectively entertain a few suppositions, this would be a good place to emphasize Abuela's role not just as a character but also as a storyteller. She decides to leave out these details for a reason. Why? Are they not important to the story?

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