Diversity within Children’s and Young Adolescent Latino Literature: Afro-Latinos and Afro-Caribbean Communities

by Carmen M. Martinez-Roldan and Katherine Lorena del Carmen Keim-Riveros

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In our last blog of the month we focus on how the authors’ incorporation of non-English words in Afro-Latino and Afro-Caribbean literature can contribute to a better understanding and appreciation of the richness and complexities of Latino culture and the bilingualism of their communities. The books discussed through this month were all English-based texts, in which the authors purposefully incorporated the linguistic repertoire Read More »

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Diversity within Children’s and Young Adolescent Latino Literature: Afro-Caribbean and Indigenous Communities

by Carmen M. Martínez-Roldán & Richelle Jurasek

PanamaCanalThis week we continue our focus on Afro-Caribbean influences in Latino children’s literature but also start addressing Indigenous perspectives. Silver People: Voices from the Panama Canal, another historical fiction novel by Cuban-American author Margarita Engle, offers a window into the experiences of Caribbean islander workers but also into the experiences of indigenous communities Read More »

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Diversity within Children’s and Young Adolescent Latino Literature: Afro-Latinos and Afro-Caribbean communities, Part II

by Carmen M. Martínez-Roldán & Amy Olson

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The Poet Slave of Cuba: A Biography of Juan Francisco Manzano, by Margarita Engle (2006)

Last week, we started featuring and commenting on literature that represents the experiences of Afro-Latinos and Afro-Caribbean communities Read More »

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Diversity within Children’s and Young Adolescent Latino Literature

by Carmen M. Martínez-Roldán & William García

cuba-724209_1280Latino children’s literature in the United States refers to literature written by Latino and Latina authors, whether in English or Spanish and regardless of the topics they address (Ada, 2003). Giving the great intragroup differences in social class, immigration patterns, and language practices among Latinos, we would expect Latino literature to reflect such diversity but there is still a long way to go to meet that goal. Read More »

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Responsible Citizens, Workers and Activists: Uncovering Informational Text Trios

by Charlene Klassen Endrizzi with Karen Matis

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Open minds Operate best.
Critical thinking Over tests.
Wisdom can’t be memorized.
Educate! Agitate! Organize!

Nagara, 2013

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Innosanto Nagara’s ambitious declaration parallels Eel’s change of heart which initiated Karen’s and my month-long investigation into Responsible Citizens and Workers. A is for Activist embodies an edginess Read More »

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Responsible Citizens: Considering the Power of Words

Karen Matis with Charlene Klassen Endrizzi

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“. . .  I am constantly overestimating and underestimating the human race.”
Marcus Zusak, 2012

 

Death, an unconventional narrator, contemplates this final thought Read More »

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Responsible Citizens and Workers: Tackling Informational Texts

by Karen Matis with Charlene Klassen Endrizzi

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One fascinating aspect of the seventh graders’ questions during our conversation after the author Skype was their curiosity regarding specific vocabulary (such as “cesspool” or “costermonger”) used by Hopkinson. I think Dr. Matis’ Word Wall was a great tool for students, allowing them to discuss and learn new words.

Ben Gaul, history preservice teacher

This week we continue our exploration of what it means to be responsible citizens using Read More »

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Responsible Citizens and Workers: Nurturing Ethical Viewpoints in Seventh Grade

by Charlene Klassen Endrizzi with Karen Matis

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Instead of looking with my eyes, I decided to see with my heart.”
(Eel, mudlark in The Great Trouble, Hopkinson, 2013)

Eel, an adolescent protagonist, along with larger than life teens like Iqbal Masih and Malala Yousafsai from Pakistan, became central figures in a four week exploration of Responsible Citizens and Workers. Overarching questions like “What makes a responsible citizen?” and “What makes a responsible worker?” initiated a collaborative inquiry between Karen’s 45 seventh graders and 12 secondary education minors Read More »

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Notes from a Small Island: The Unforgotten Coat

by Gail Pritchard, PhD, University of Arizona

europe-1160608_1280In this final week of February, I’m continuing Melissa’s look at UK award winning books, in particular the Costa Book Awards. Frank Cottrell Boyce’s The Unforgotten Coat began as an exclusive for The Reader Organisation and their 2011 book giveaway. With 50,000 copies distributed throughout the UK and the rest of the world, this brilliant 112 page novella was shortlisted Read More »

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Notes from a Small Island: Goth Girl and the Ghost of a Mouse

Gail Pritchard, PhD, University of Arizona

woman-885848_1280This week’s blog focuses on the 2013 Costa Children’s Book Award, Goth Girl and the Ghost of a Mouse written and illustrated by the UK’s Children’s Laureate, Chris Riddell. The Costa Book Awards honor authors in the UK and Ireland and are given in five categories: First Novel, Novel, Biography, Poetry, and Children’s Book. One unique aspect of the Costa is that it “places children’s books alongside adult books.” Read More »

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