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Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month!

phpThumb_generated_thumbnailHispanic Heritage Month runs every year from September 15 through October 15. Get started on your own celebration by checking out the classroom activities, lesson plans, and Web links available on the ReadWriteThink.org calendar entry for Hispanic Heritage Month. For resources on specific Latino/a authors, illustrators, and themes, tap the following resources.

NCTE member and College Section Chair R. Joseph Rodriguez recently shared about “Our US Poet Laureate and Hispanic Heritage”. Rodriguez not only writes about Juan Felipe Herrera and poetry but he also provides resources from NCTE and beyond.

Learn how author Pat Mora draws topics from her life in the Language Arts article “Profile: Pat Mora, Fiction/Nonfiction Writer and Poet“. The article also discusses Mora’s advocacy for cultural and linguistic diversity, and for more Latinos in all phases of children’s book publishing. You can learn more about Pat Mora from this ReadWriteThink.org calendar entry celebrating her birthday.

Middle school students can explore how our senses provide powerful tools for literary analysis and comprehension with the ReadWriteThink.org lesson Color of Silence: Sensory Imagery in Pat Mora’s Poem “Echoes”. The lesson is an extension of activities included in the NCTE book Living Voices: Multicultural Poetry in the Middle School Classroom.

Read strategies for teaching reflective writing using Puerto Rican author Judith Ortiz Cofer’s Call Me María and other texts in “Reading at Risk“, an excerpt from NCTE’s Judith Ortiz Cofer in the Classroom: A Woman in Front of the Sun.

After reading Richard Rodriquez’s literacy narrative Hunger of Memory: The Education of Richard Rodriguez, try the activities in “The Literacy Narrative as Production Pedagogy in the Composition Classroom” from Teaching English in the Two-Year College to invite students to explore their own literacy experiences. The article outlines procedures and includes a heuristic for the project.

Teacher educators can read the English Education article “Keeping It Real: Teaching and Learning about Culture, Literacy, and Respect“, which describes one teacher education program designed to broaden students’ thinking about the influences of culture in society, and teaching and learning about literacy.