Teacher resources and professional development across the curriculum
Teacher professional development and classroom resources across the curriculum
This section includes summaries of the lessons featured in the in the video
programs. The lessons explore the literature through an inquiry
Session 4: Inquiry: Tomás Rivera
Jorge Arredondo uses an inquiry-based approach to the study of ...y no se lo tragó la tierra... (And the Earth Did Not Devour Him) by Tomás Rivera. With his guidance, students question the book's translator, conduct Internet research, and interview Mexican immigrants who work in their school. The process of searching for answers to their own questions helps students increase their research skills.
Bo Wu uses an inquiry approach to explore Esmeralda Santiago's memoir When I Was Puerto Rican. The students engage in a dramatic reading of several sections of the chapter "The American Invasion of Macún" and discuss Santiago's usage of dialogue and descriptive language. Sparked by their personal interests, the students develop and research topics based on the chapter. Using Santiago's work as a model, the students create timelines of their lives and write their own memoirs.