Using Expert Text from a Latino Author to Inspire Personal Narratives

In this lesson students will use a Latino author, George Rivera, as an author model and a Latino illustrator, Tony Ortega, as an illustrator model, in a short writing unit practicing personal narrative. Students will publish personal narratives with an option to use a simple free tool for digital publishing. It is important to show that Latinos from Colorado have experienced success in a variety of fields.

Created By: Jessica Gerstner Twin Peaks Academy Charter School

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Family Customs: Expressing Vocabulary About Family Life by Exploring Primary Sources

In this lesson students will use primary sources to identify local latino customs. Students will then orally express their personal experience with customs in their own family/culture. Students will use key vocabulary and be able to express their tradition as they are able, based on their WIDA Can Do levels. Students will participate in conversation with others, applying both Speaking and Listening skills, in order to build understanding of other cultures and appreciation for similarities with their own customs. Students will use sentence stems to help express their ideas. Oral expression of cultural identity through discussion of family customs.

Created By: Amanda Cox, Twin Peaks Charter Academy

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Introducing Latino History in Boulder County with Mini-Lessons

In this lesson students will look get an introductory look at Latino History in Boulder County. Lesson One introduces key vocabulary needed to understand and analyze Latino history in Boulder County. Lesson Two is a teacher-directed activity that guides students through an analysis of primary source images. Lesson Three asks students to identify and mark key locations in Boulder County on a map. Lesson Four asks students to look closely at a primary text for details and ideas that are important or relevant to them and create a found poem. These lessons can be done in a rotation of learning stations or can be used individually.

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