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A brief overview of the previous units, highlighting structure and strategies, is followed by a generalized section on Hispanic-American literature. This information may serve as background material for teachers and students. The generalized leads to the specific: Chicano or Mexican-American literature centering thematically on the search for self and for identity, and the act of remembering, crucial to autobiography, are discussed. Works by Lorna Dee Cervantes, a Chicana poet, are detailed in lesson plans. Cervantes’ integration of herself as Chicana, woman and poet is discussed.
A folder containing poems which might be used in teaching the unit is on file in the Institute office.
(Recommended for English and Language Arts, grades 7-8)
Chicano Ethnicity Hispanic Poetry Literature General