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Teaching Multicultural Literature : A Workshop for the Middle Grades
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Workshop 8: Social Justice and Action - Joseph Bruchac and Francisco Jimenez
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Interactive Workbook -- Explore two poems using strategies from these workshops. Go.
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Additional Resources


Anaya, Rudolfo A. My Land Sings: Stories from the Rio Grande. New York: Morrow Junior Books, 1999.
Anaya combines Latino and Native American folklore to re-create beautiful, imaginative, and vivid traditional tales for young adults.

Atkin, Beth. Voices from the Fields: Children Migrant Workers Tell Their Stories. New York: Little Brown, 2000.
A collection of interviews, poems, and photographs for young adults focuses on migrant Mexican American children.

Deloria, Vine. Behind the Trail of Broken Treaties: An Indian Declaration of Independence. Austin: University of Texas Press, 1985.
Behind the Trail of Broken Treaties presents a historical and analytical view at the past and present political status of Native American nations in the United States.

Erdoes, Richard, and Ortiz, Alfonso. American Indian Myths and Legends (Pantheon Fairy Tale and Folklore Library). New York: Pantheon, 1985.
Erdoes and Ortiz compiled 160 tales from 80 tribal groups to create a rich collection of Native American folklore for both adults and young adults.

Fuentes, Carlos, Edward James Olmos, and Lea Ybarra. Americanos: Latino Life in the United States. New York: Little, Brown, 1999.
This book offers photographs, illustrations, and text that show Latinos as an integral part of American society and history.

Gates, Henry Louis. Bearing Witness: Selections from African American Autobiography in the Twentieth Century. New York: Pantheon, 1991.
Gates recounts the experience of being black in America, from the days of slavery to the present, through selected works of influential African American authors.

Hubbard, Jim. Shooting Back from the Reservation: A Photographic View of Life by Native American Youth. New York: New Press, 1994.
Native American youths use photojournalism, poetry, and prose to create a visual rendering of their daily lives.

Jiménez, Francisco. Identification and Analysis of Chicano Literature. New York: Bilingual Press, 1979.
This comprehensive book covers thematic and stylistic aspects of Chicano literature while also putting it in a cultural and historical context.

McCunn, Ruthanne Lum. Chinese American Portraits: Personal Histories 1828-1988. Seattle: First University of Washington Press, 1998.
McCunn gathers and examines a collection of photographs that attest to the struggles, survival, and advancement of Chinese Americans.

Myers, Walter Dean. One More River to Cross: An African American Photograph Album. Orlando, FL: Harcourt, 1995.
Through photographs, One More River depicts African Americans in history and everyday life.

Parks, Gordon. Choice of Weapons. New York: Harper & Row, 1966.
In this autobiography, Parks writes about the struggles he faced as an African American in Chicago, and how he overcame hardships to become a successful photographer, writer, composer, and filmmaker.

Seale, Dorris, and Beverly Slapin, eds. A Broken Flute: The Native Experience in Books for Children. Walnut Creek, CA: AltaMira Press, 2005.
This book provides essays and reviews of children's books about Native Americans.

--- . Through Indian Eyes: The Native Experience in Books for Children. Berkeley, CA: Oyate Publications, 1998.
This collection of essays aims to show librarians, parents, and teachers the subtle stereotypes about Native Americans that exist in children's literature.

Silko, Leslie Marmon. Storyteller. New York: Arcade, 1989.
Leslie Silko uses poetry and prose to create and tell stories about her own family and other traditional Native American tales that are accessible to both adult and young adult readers.

Esetpa, Andrea, and Philip Kay, eds. Starting With I: Personal Essays by Teenagers. New York: Persea Books, 1997.
Young adults write about the effects of their surroundings, culture, race, and identity.

Web Sites

National Museum of the American Indian
This Smithsonian Museum site has information about its various branches, museum collections, online collections, and some available educational resources for students.

Ndakinna Educational Center
This site provides educational training and information on regional Native American and Adirondack culture, as well as the natural world.

Oyate is an organization that offers evaluations of works by and about Native American people, as well as workshops that teach educators how to evaluate children's books and resources for biases and incorrect information. Oyate also publishes materials that act as guides for choosing and evaluating literature and educational resources about Native Americans.


The Border. PBS and Espinosa Productions, 1999.
The Border is a film that documents six diverse stories about different regions of the U.S.-Mexico border.

Chicano! A History of the Mexican Civil Rights Movement. NLCC Educational Media, 1996.
In a series of four documentaries, this film presents the history of Mexican Americans and their struggles for basic rights, justice, and education.

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