Practice with Poetry— Judith Ortiz Cofer’s “The Latin Deli”

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There is a video clip in this resource that shows Odysseus returning from twenty years in exile to the shores of his home in Ithaca where he relishes in the experience of tasting his native food and drink for the first time since he left his home. Judith Ortiz Cofer has a similar experience in her poem, “The Latin Deli,” where Latinos who experience different circumstances in their exiles can get a taste of home in the deli.

There are several links to videos, interviews, and resources for understanding the poem and the experience of exile. Also included in the resource, is a TED Talk that explains the gift of exile. There is an excerpt from Edward Said’s, “Reflections on Exile” that includes AP style multiple choice questions and multimedia comparing the Cuban exile with the Mexican exile, a concept discussed in the poem.

These lessons fit any Honors Literature class, Pre-AP, American Literature, AP English Language or Literature class to prepare students for AP English Language exams, Common Core extended response assessments, American Literature Course exams, the SAT and ACT essay and critical thinking activities. Now adaptable for ESOL classes.

The packet includes complete lessons, Common Core standards, essential and key questions. There is an addendum that describes how to adapt the lessons for ELL students.

The packet includes complete lessons, Common Core standards, essential and key questions.

Tags: Close Reading, writing, Pre-AP, critical thinking, Native Americans, colonization, theme, ELL adaptable material
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Practice with Poetry— Judith Ortiz Cofer’s “The Latin Deli”
Practice with Poetry— Judith Ortiz Cofer’s “The Latin Deli”
Practice with Poetry— Judith Ortiz Cofer’s “The Latin Deli”
Practice with Poetry— Judith Ortiz Cofer’s “The Latin Deli”
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