From the author’s note: “Using the codex form, we tell the story of those who do arrive, so as not to forget that there are women, men, and untold numbers of girls and boys who disappear or die along the way.”
About This Book
Migrant: The Journey of a Mexican Worker
Written by José Manuel Mateo
Illustrated by Javier Martínez Pedro
Publisher: Harry N. Abrams
Age Range: 8 - 12 years
Grade Level: 3 and up
Summary: A Mexican boy tells of his journey to the U.S. with his family. They must face many dangers to cross the border, only to experience the uncertainty felt by all illegal immigrants. The narrative is accompanied by one long, beautifully vivid illustration reminiscent of pre-Hispanic codices, packaged as an accordion-style foldout frieze. The book is also written in Spanish on the opposite side.
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The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
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Common Core Standards:
2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.7, 2.10
3.1, 3.3, 3.4, 3.7, 3.10
4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4, 4.10
5.1, 5.4, 5.10
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These activities can be used for individual, small group, for whole class. They could also be used as homework, with guided groups, or with book groups. Small groups could be working on different activities at the same time. The book can be read aloud and selected activities done in class. They could be useful laminated and in a literacy center. It is always a better learning experience if books are discussed in pairs or in groups, in my opinion. Pairs or groups of students can also complete more complex activities.
Students can travel around the classroom to 3 or 4 stations answering questions about the book. The questions can be glued to butcher paper. Each station should have enough squares for all of the class to record their answer. The questions or activities can be posted on the paper or on the wall. Students must support their answers with proof from the book.
In my opinion, the most important thing to remember when doing these book activities is for students to know the teachers loves and appreciates it.
Another way of grouping students for activities:
Students number off from 1 to 4 within their teams.
Call out a question or put it on the board or use the worksheet and duplicate or cut up the cards so each group has a card.
Students in teams discuss the answer together. They need to make sure everyone on the team knows the answer.
Teacher randomly calls a number from 1 to 4.
On each team, the student whose number was called writes the answer on the team answer board. The selected person may not receive any help from their team. It must be done alone. This student places the answer board face down when answer is complete. Teacher may also write it on a post it note and put on chart paper or board.
Have the designated student stand and hold up their response board to show their answer when all teams are ready. Each team's answer is checked for accuracy.
Repeat with additional questions or other activities as time permits.
This product contains the following activities:
Computer vocabulary practice with Quizlet and Spelling City
Vocabulary and definition cards – there are five words on each page. There is the word and the definition next to it. These could be laminated and cut apart to study or play a matching game. You could also do the word sorts instead of printing the pages. Or you could cut through half of the page horizontally under either the word or the definition and fold down the center on the line. This would make a foldable pamphlet and you could have kids draw a picture, write a sentence, synonym, antonym, or other vocabulary activity.
Linking Vocabulary Words
Word sorts by number of syllables, parts of speech, alphabetical order, and number of letters-all with answer keys
Word shapes with answer key
Choose correct spelling of a word from four choices with correct spelling with answer key
Words with missing letters with answer key
Wordsearch with answer key
Scrambled words with answer key
7 Vocabulary Words with answer key
Marking the text with answer key
Sequencing seven events with sequencing page and answer key
Write the questions to these answers
Cloze exercises with answer key
Proofreading capital letters with answer key
Four comprehension questions with answer key
Steps that the family took to get to Los Angeles from Mexico with answers
Scrambled sentences with worksheet for rewriting
Bookmark Scavenger Hunt for pictures
Listing on a T-chart reason to stay and to go
Venn diagram--narrator, self, both
Book interview with a friend
A-B-C Book Order
Three most important events
Draw the most frightening part of the book
Draw a comic strip to summarize the book
Describe an event