This unit of study will take students through eight picture books that deal with immigration journeys or issues immigrants face in a new country. It is designed to reflect the stories of immigrant children in today’s classroom. The books used will feature Latino protagonists, and genres include the fable, literary biography, and realistic fiction. This unit may be used alone or may proceed a novel study of works such as Esperanza Rising. Depending on time devoted to the unit daily, it will likely take 8 to 16 days. Various skills will be covered in the student workbook (vocabulary, inferencing, predicting, idenitfying similes and metaphors, etc.). The book wrap-up posters to be completed as a whole group will focus on three skills: identifying point of view (CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.4.6, TEKS 4.6C), summarizing literary texts (CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.4.2, TEKS Fig. 19E), and identifying the theme of the text (CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.4.2/4.9, TEKS 4.3A).
For this unit you will need the following texts (Three are available online for free):
A Movie in My Pillow by Jorge Argueta
My Name is Jorge on Both Sides of the River by Jane Medina
Pancho Rabbit and the Coyote by Duncan Tonatiuh
My Shoes and I by Rene Colato Laínez
My Diary from Here to There by Amada Irma Perez
From North to South by Rene Colato Laínez
The Upside Down Boy by Juan Felipe Herrera
Friends from the Other Side by Gloria Anzaldúa
Harvesting Hope by Kathleen Krull
¡Sí, Se Puede! Yes, We Can! by Diana Cohn
Laughing Tomatoes by Francisco X. Alarcón
This unit includes: 8 Book Posters in English and Spanish, A student work booklet in English and Spanish, Two Optional Posters in English and Spanish, and an assessment aligned to TEKS or CCSS with a rubric. I've also included detailed lesson plans to be used with each text addressed in this unit including a poem to open each lesson, questions to ask during reading, and ways to discuss the book after reading. All the files are included in editable (Word and PowerPoint) and PDF forms.
If you feel like it's important to get more literature in the classroom that the reflect the personal stories of students in a bilingual/dual language classroom, then this is the unit for you!
Please message me if you have any questions about the unit!