One Wish, Two Wish, Three Wishes, More . . .

by Gail Pritchard, PhD, The University of Arizona

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Most of us have thought about what we would do if granted wishes and like Tanya in One Wish (Harrison, 2016), we are wish savvy—we know that we must be careful about what we wish. However, not everyone is so careful with their wishes . . . Read More »

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The Wish List

by T. Gail Pritchard, PhD, The University of Arizona

Wish ListI bet most of us have considered “do overs,” what we would re-do in our life if given a chance. Maybe we would change a conversation, an action (or lack thereof), or a decision. In The Wish List, Lowrie McCall’s list consists of four things he wished he had done in his life and the fate of Meg Finn’s soul depends Read More »

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I Wish I May, I Wish I Might . . .

by Gail Pritchard, PhD, University of Arizona

Shooting StarThink back to some of your earliest memories of wishing, perhaps when blowing out birthday candles, wishing upon a star—particularly a shooting star or the first star of the night, throwing a penny in a wishing well or fountain, getting the long end of the wishbone, blowing on a dandelion puff, or maybe writing a wish on a piece of paper and tying it to a tree or hiding it under a rock. Read More »

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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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