"Tepeyac" by Sandra Cisneros is a short, memoir-like story that is packed with figurative language, unique syntactical structures, unforgettable diction, multiculturalism, and a nostalgic message everyone can relate to. This free short story unit includes many engaging and rigorous activities that will allow your students to unpack the text while making connections to other works and their own lives. A full-text version of the story may be hard to come by, but the listening guide included will allow your students to listen and analyze the full audio version (link provided) with ease. Excerpts of the text are provided throughout.
Pre-reading Mural Viewing and Prediction Activity
Pre-reading Spanish Vocabulary Worksheet
During Reading Listening Guide - to accompany the audio link
After Reading Diction and Syntax Analysis
After Reading Theme Comparison Written Response
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.R.1 (read for explicit and implicit meanings, citing evidence)
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.R.2 (determine central ideas)
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.R.3 (analyze characters)
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.R.4 (analyzing connotations of words/phrases)
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.R.5 (analyze the structure of a text)
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.R.7 (analyze content presented in two mediums)
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.W.2 (write informative/explanatory texts)
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.SL.2 (evaluate content presented in diverse media and formats)
Sometimes, it is very easy to omit or look past listening skills, something that most students seem to struggle with. Fortunately, this unit provides the perfect opportunity to hone students' academic hearing while engaging them with a powerful text. I hope you and students enjoy!
Check out my other multicultural short story units below!
"Only Daughter" by Sandra Cisneros: Close Reading and Analysis Unit
"The Little Match Girl" Christmas Story: Close Reading and Analysis Unit
"The Ransom of Red Chief" by O. Henry: Close Reading and Analysis Unit
"The Open Window" by Saki: Close Reading and Analysis Unit
"Games At Twilight" by Anita Desai: Close Reading and Analysis Unit
"Civil Peace" by Chinua Achebe: Close Reading and Analysis Unit
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