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Episode 61 — Latino Literature for Teens


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Text Messages: Recommendations for Adolescent Readers

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Grades 6 – 12
Podcast Series Text Messages: Recommendations for Adolescent Readers
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Duration 18:00
Original Air Date Published April 26, 2013

Music in this podcast is courtesy of Scott Andrew.


Calendar Activities

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Calendar Activities

Grades   5 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  September 15

Hispanic Heritage Month begins today.

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 – 8  |  Calendar Activity  |  April 30

Celebrate El Día de Los Niños/El Día de Los Libros (Children's Day/Book Day)!

Using the Book Cover Creator, students write and share their own multilingual stories.


Grades   6 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  December 20

Sandra Cisneros was born today in 1954.

Students choose a small aspect of their lives to develop into a story, poem, or brief essay inspired by Cisneros' work.


Grades   7 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  January 19

Poet and author Pat Mora was born on this day in 1942.

Students study and write extended metaphors through the use of Pat Mora's book.


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Professional Library

Grades   8 – 12  |  Professional Library  |  Book

Judith Ortiz Cofer in the Classroom: A Woman in Front of the Sun

Carol Jago offers ways to teach the works of Judith Ortiz Cofer in the high school English classroom.


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Podcast Episodes

Grades   6 – 12  |  Podcast Episode


Even if they are few in number, diverse books do exist. Tune in to hear about recently-published YA titles that celebrate diversity in a range of genres. There's something for every reader here: comic book superheroes, Civil Rights history, love stories, humorous essays, poetry, artwork, and stories of suspense.


Grades   6 – 12  |  Podcast Episode

A Conversation with Matt de la Peña

Tune in to hear Matt discuss some of the thinking behind his newest novel, We Were Here.


Grades   6 – 12  |  Podcast Episode

A Conversation with Francisco X. Stork

In the world of young adult literature, there are certain authors readers can count on to engage both their minds and their hearts in a good story. Francisco X. Stork is one of those authors. Tune in to hear how Francisco's novels explore themes of religious faith and ambition, how his own life experiences are reflected in his books, and how he thinks about the diverse Latino characters he has created.


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