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Teacher Resources by Grade
|1st - 2nd||3rd - 4th|
|5th - 6th||7th - 8th|
|9th - 10th||11th - 12th|
Investigating Names to Explore Personal History and Cultural Traditions
|Grades||6 – 8|
|Lesson Plan Type||Standard Lesson|
|Estimated Time||Four 50-minute sessions|
Grades 2 – 12 | Calendar Activity |  January 28
Today is the first day of the New Year on the Chinese lunar calendar.
Grades 6 – 12 | Calendar Activity |  December 20
Students choose a small aspect of their lives to develop into a story, poem, or brief essay inspired by Cisneros' work.
Grades 4 – 8 | Calendar Activity |  April 18
Through the study of Paul Revere, students learn about primary source documents while researching their family histories, with which they create and compare their family trees.
Grades 7 – 12 | Calendar Activity |  May 5
Students choose to research a piece of art, music, dance, literature, or food that suitably represents Mexico and create a presentation for the class.
Grades 5 – 12 | Calendar Activity |  September 15
Students brainstorm all the various aspects of Hispanic culture and compile topics to research. Groups then research topics and present their information to the class.
Grades 3 – 12 | Calendar Activity |  January 6
Students research Captain John Smith and Jedediah Smith, and compare them. Students then investigate the meaning of their last name.
Grades 8 – 12 | Professional Library
The third volume in the NCTE High School Literature Series explores the joys of reading and teaching the stories and poems of noted Mexican American author Sandra Cisneros.
Grades 6 – 12 | Professional Library | Book
Dunning and Stafford, both widely known poets and educators, offer this delightful manual of exercises for beginning poets.