Mexican American Literature Weekly Updates: 12.15-12.19

WARNING:  This is a tentative calendar for the week.  I post this to provide my students with an opportunity to preview the week and to help them plan accordingly.  Sometimes things go exactly as planned and it is amazing. Sometimes they don’t because we might finish an objective faster than anticipated.  Sometimes, what I believed would take ten minutes at the beginning of class ends up taking an entire class.  Sometimes there are some mornings when I get ideas and decide to change EVERYTHING because something else seems better.  Anyways, you get the picture: TENTATIVE means maybe, if time allows,

Monday 12.15 La Llorona as a subverted Archetype

UNIT GOAL: After investigating and analyzing perspectives on Mexican American War through primary documents, art, corridos and cuentos students will write a complete a unit portfolio which evaluates the impact of the annexation of Mexico’s northern territories by the United States on contemporary Mexican American culture, identity, and politics.

Objective: After analyzing Juana Alicia’s mural “The Wisdom of the Elders”, students will be able to write a paragraph which evaluates Juana Alicia’s use of “La Llorona” and the Nahuatl mythology to subvert traditional notions of gender. 

Handouts: Notes

Homework: Notebooks due 12.19, Field Trip to LA Plaza on January 16, Unit Portfolio Due on January 6

Tuesday 12.16 Introduction to Zoot Suit by Luis Valdez

UNIT GOAL: Beginning with the Sleepy Lagoon trial as depicted through Luis Valdez’s play “Zoot Suit” and Rudolfo “Corky” Gonzalez’s poem “I am Joaquin,” students will examine the inter- and intra-cultural conflicts which result as Mexican Americans assert and negotiate identity as common yet distinct from both Mexican nationals and European Americans.

Objective: After completing CORNELL NOTES on research questions, students will be able to write a summary that identifies significant historical contexts and issues inspired Luis Valdez to write Zoot Suit.

HandoutsCornell Notes, Slide Presentations, video

Homework: Notebooks due 12.19, Field Trip to LA Plaza on January 16, Unit Portfolio Due on January 6

Wednesday 12.17 Historical Context Presentations

UNIT GOAL: Beginning with the Sleepy Lagoon trial as depicted through Luis Valdez’s play “Zoot Suit” and Rudolfo “Corky” Gonzalez’s poem “I am Joaquin,” students will examine the inter- and intra-cultural conflicts which result as Mexican Americans assert and negotiate identity as common yet distinct from both Mexican nationals and European Americans.

Objective: After completing CORNELL NOTES on research questions, students will be able to write a summary that identifies significant historical contexts and issues inspired Luis Valdez to write Zoot Suit.

Handouts:  CORNELL NOTES Handout

Homework: Notebooks due 12.19, Field Trip to LA Plaza on January 16, Unit Portfolio Due on January 6

 

Thursday 12.18 Zoot Suit a play by Luis Valdez

UNIT GOAL: Beginning with the Sleepy Lagoon trial as depicted through Luis Valdez’s play “Zoot Suit” and Rudolfo “Corky” Gonzalez’s poem “I am Joaquin,” students will examine the inter- and intra-cultural conflicts which result as Mexican Americans use art and writing to assert and negotiate identity as common yet distinct from both Mexican nationals and European Americans.

Objective: After completing ANALYSIS MAP of Zoot Suit, students will be able to identify THEME communicated about Mexican American identity through the symbolism of the “Pachuco” or zoot suiter.

Handouts: Analysis Map

Homework: Notebooks due 12.19, Field Trip to LA Plaza on January 16, Unit Portfolio Due on January 6

 

Friday 12.19 Zoot Suit a play by Luis Valdez

UNIT GOAL: Beginning with the Sleepy Lagoon trial as depicted through Luis Valdez’s play “Zoot Suit” and Rudolfo “Corky” Gonzalez’s poem “I am Joaquin,” students will examine the inter- and intra-cultural conflicts which result as Mexican Americans use art and writing to assert and negotiate identity as common yet distinct from both Mexican nationals and European Americans.

Objective: After completing ANALYSIS MAP of Zoot Suit, students will be able to identify THEME communicated about Mexican American identity through the symbolism of the “Pachuco” or zoot suiter.

Handouts: Analysis Map

Homework: Notebooks due 12.19, Field Trip to LA Plaza on January 16, Unit Portfolio Due on January 6