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Multicultural Literacy Map Haiti. Sharifa Gayle TAL 203. Map of Haiti. Tonight, by Sea. Haiti Gains Its Independence. Selavi, that is life: a Haitian story of Hope. The Magic Orange Tree and other Haitian Folktales. Annotated bibliography.

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Multicultural Literacy MapHaiti

Sharifa Gayle

TAL 203


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Map of Haiti

Tonight, by Sea

Haiti Gains Its Independence

Selavi, that is life: a Haitian story of Hope

The Magic Orange Tree and other Haitian Folktales

Annotated bibliography

Toussaint L’Ouverture: The fight for Haiti’s Freedom

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* Running the Road to ABC

By Denize Lauture

Illustrated by Reynold Ruffins

In Dept Analysis

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Running the Road to ABCwritten by Denize LautureIllustrated by Reynold Ruffins

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Haiti Gains Its Independence

  • Spaniards exploited the Island of Hispaniola for its gold and enslaved or killed those who would not mine the gold

  • Due to the disease brought by the Spanish, the indigenous people where dying off so they imported African people to be slaves

  • Starting in 1793 the slaves in Haiti begin to rebel against their oppressors and fight for their freedom

  • Signed declaration of Independence from France on January 1, 1804

  • Haiti is the 1st country in the world to effectively abolish slavery!!!

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“And up and down

Every day

Morning moon

Evening star

Morning star

Evening moon

Running left and turning right, counting one and counting two, learning A and learning B, a hum today, a song tomorrow, they gaze at the heavens, rise before the sun, said with the moon, and dream of stars to read and write and write and read each night and each morning and each noon, each noon and each day one more letter and one more sound, one more sound and one more word, one more word and one more line, one more line and one more page of their little songs, their little songs in the great and beautiful books on the Road to A B C.

- Running the Road To ABC

by Denize Lauture

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In dept ANALYSIS

Running The Road To ABC

Written by Denize Lauture

Illustrated by Reynold Ruffins

Through out this book the author exemplified the literary element of style. The book is written in a way to appeal to children, because of its use of repetition and flowery language, but also to appeal to the more mature reader through its poetic format and syntax. Nothing in the book is written like a normal story. The author uses many commas through out the book to eliminate formal reading pattern and make the book seem as though it could be a song. The style of writing relates to the meaning behind the book, which is that the want to learn and read is not a formal story that the children are told but more like a song in their heart that motivates their intense run every morning to go to school. As a matter of fact, there is no dialogue throughout the book, even though it is a group of children running in unison, no one speaks to another, they run with the same goal in mind and the same song in their heart, the song to learn to read.

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The point of view in the book is also seen in the author’s style of writing. Everyone in the book is referred to in the third person because an omniscient speaker sees the children running and tells their story. This style of writing emphasizes the fact that the children’s intense want to learn is unknown by them or anyone around them, but the speaker shows it through their point of view.

Throughout the book the author uses Onomatopoeia, which also appeals to children. For example, “All around them they hear the peyee-peyee of the crickets and the twee-twee of the half-awake lizards and the Kwott-kwott of the frogs in hollow tree trunks.” These sounds are all used to appeal to children and keep them interested but also describe the setting of the book, which is another key literary element that is combined with style which the author uses to get her point across. For example, “Their legs take cold showers of morning dew on the weeds along the narrow trails. The bottom of their feet flatten spiders and slugs, and frogs and bugs they catch sleeping on the hard road.” This poetic use of words attributes to her style of written which penetrates through out the book but the vivid description of the setting also makes the reader aware of the unpleasant conditions in which the children are willing to run through, every morning, in order to reach their goal of learning.

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An important part of the story would be the repetition of “they run and run”, because it shows that despite the setting, situation or obstacle, the want for learning exceeds the outside circumstances, which is a powerful message for children. The repetition of the mini poem “Up and down, every day, morning moon, evening star, morning star, evening moon,” also emphasizes the point of reaching the goal of learning but doing it with vigilance and perseverance.

The style of the story utilizes the theme, setting and point of view to pull together the want for the children of Haiti to learn and shows other children around the world the importance of an education and what some people have to go through in order to receive one.

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1. Running the Road to ABC

Grade Level: K-2

by Denize Lauture

Illustrated by Reynold Ruffins

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing Division

Pub. Date: 1996

  • Before the rising of the sun, the children of Haiti run to school to learn to read. They run in the early morning through the country and by wild life and through the city and by towns people. They run as quickly as they can to reach what they have been longing for in their sleep….their books and the words in them.

  • Coretta Scott King Honor

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Annotated bibliography

2. Toussaint L’Ouverture: the fight for Haiti’s Freedom

Grade Level: 5-6

Written by Walter Dean Myers

Paintings by Jacob Lawrence

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing division

Pub. Date: October 1996

  • The liberation of Haiti told through the words of Walter Dean Myers and through the pictures of Jacob Lawrence. General Toussaint L’Ouverture grew up as a young slave learning how to read and also learning about human rights and turned into the leader of his country against those who oppressed them into slavery. By whatever means necessary, General L’Ouverture fights for the freedom, which he loved so much. Though not being able to see his country gain its own freedom, his vision was fulfilled on January 1, 1804.

  • ALA Notable Children's Books

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Annotated bibliography

3. The Magic Orange Tree and other Haitian Folktales

Grade Level: 3-6

Collected By Diane Wolkstein

Drawings by Elsa Henriquez

Publisher: alfred A. knopf, Incorporated

Pub. Date: 1978

  • A collection of various Haitian folk tales from different Haitian story tellers. These stories include fictional happenings such as animals turning into humans and returning into their natural form, a tree that grows from the orders of a child, a speaking fish and other magical stories. A general theme would be the rulers of this magical world which include Papa God, General Death and the spirits of Voodoo ceremonies. Some stories are hilarious and others are a bit eerie.

  • ALA Notable Children's Books

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Annotated bibliography

4. Selavi, that is life: A Haitian Story of Hope

Grade Level: K-2

by Youme Landowne

Publisher: Morris Printing

Pub. Date: 2004

  • There are homeless children roaming the streets everywhere , and Haiti is no exception. A homeless boy roams the streets after his family is taking away from him. He meets up with other street children just like him who call him “selavi”, meaning that is life to reflect his hardships and a future in moving past them. Him and the other street children face many hardships such as being removed from the tree that they call their home, and having the house that was built for them burnt down. Does this stop the children from trying to find peace. No, they build a radio station to bring awareness to others about homeless children.

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Annotated bibliography

5. Tonight, by Sea

Grade Level: 6-8

By Frances Temple

Publisher: Orchard Books

Pub. Date: 1995

  • Paulie enjoyed her life in the only that she had ever known, Haiti. She enjoys the smell of the food cooking, the beach and playing with her best friend, Karyl. However, her homeland is beginning to get more dangerous than before and she is forced to face the fact that she must leave her home, instead of fighting the prosecution that her people face and speaking out on the problems that plague her country. Even those who are suppose to protect her and her family, soldiers, are the people she fears most. Like her uncle says, she must seek life, and as soon as possible and by the only way they know how, by sea.

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