Teacher resources and professional development across the curriculum
Teacher professional development and classroom resources across the curriculum
Work: ...y no se lo tragó la tierra (...And the Earth Did Not Devour Him)
Jorge Arredondo uses an inquiry-based approach to the study of ...y no se lo tragó la tierra... (And the Earth Did Not Devour Him) by Tomás Rivera. With his guidance, students question the book's translator, conduct Internet research, and interview Mexican immigrants who work in their school. The process of searching for answers to their own questions helps students increase their research skills.
To prepare for the lesson, view The Expanding Canon video program 4, Part I. Online review the session 4 theory overview, strategies, information about the authors and literature, resources, and the downloadable print guide. Read ...y no se lo tragó la tierra (...And the Earth Did Not Devour Him).
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Standards for the English Language Arts
1. Jorge Arredondo explains to students that they will be doing library research to further their understanding of ...y no se lo tragó la tierra (...And the Earth Did Not Devour Him). He asks students to come up with questions about the book they'd like to explore.
2. Before students go to the library, Evangelina Vigil-Piñón, who translated the novel, visits the class. She discusses why she was drawn to the works of Rivera and answers students' questions. (Teachers may want to show students the clip featuring Vigil-Piñón, The Expanding Canon video program 4, Part I.)
3. Arredondo explains to students that they will be developing a story inspired by research related to the novel. Prompting students to list questions for additional research, he asks them questions such as:
4. Arredondo tells students about books he has set aside in the library that speak to the cultural milieu of the text the class is studying. He also provides a list of Web sites (as a springboard for their exploration) that provide relevant information. As students conduct their research, Arredondo answers questions as needed.
1. Arredondo asks students to learn more about the cultural milieu of ...y no se lo tragó la tierra (...And the Earth Did Not Devour Him) by interviewing members of the school's custodial staff who have had experiences similar to those described in the text. He reminds the students to show these workers the utmost respect, but then allows students to control the interview process. Finally, Arredondo asks students to write and publish a story of their own that reflects a personal response to what they have learned.