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  1. Reconnecting our Children To Their Heritage One Study Unit for Heritage Language Revitalization

  2. Setting • Grades 9 – 12 • Spanish Language Arts • New Mexico History • U.S. History

  3. Goal of Unit • Demonstrate value for language and culture of students. • Re-kindle a love for student’s culture, family’s struggle, survival. • Develop skilled readers and writers.

  4. Lesson Overview Writing a Family History • Students to conduct interview on abuelo/a, tio/tia, vecino over 60 years of age.

  5. Writing the EthnoBiography • Use the interview to write the biographical narrative. • Engage the student in authentic process-writing

  6. Photohistory • Photograph subject at home, at work, at family events. • Develop descriptive writing. • Develop skill in multi-media presentation skills.

  7. Reading Authentic Quality Literature • Supporting the writing process with literary models • Empowering, building self esteem by seeing their own family experiences in print. • Improves linguistic skills

  8. Some Authors • Sandra Cisneros • Gary Soto • Victor Villasenor • Rudolfo Anaya • Jimmy S. Baca • Jose Antonio Villareal • Ana Castillo

  9. Celebrating Family History, Struggle, Survival • Author’s Chair Presenting to an Audience • Provide an audience (with food and family and school staff) • Invitation of Biography Subject to Presentations

  10. For Extensive Bibliography and Literature Sources • Linda Ortega RFK Charter School lortega@rfkcharter.net ldortega@tvi.edu 923-3033

  11. Interview Questions • Interview Questions that may be used to reconstruct this person’s life and thoughts • Year, place of birth • Geographic locations of residence during lifetime. • Any information they may have on their parents such as place of birth, occupation, and major challenges. • Education, profession and occupation (all during lifetime) • Describe the family they were raised in (number of siblings, kind of discipline and the values their parents gave them. • What was their first language? What languages do they speak now? • What do they remember about learning the second language? • What do they remember about first school experiences? • How was the school experiences of their children different from their own school experience? • Do they see themselves as a different parent with their own children than their parents? • Is it easier or more difficult to raise children now than in the past? Explain the answer • What do they believe to be the greatest challenges for them in raising their children? • What do they do for relaxation or as a hobby? • Major life triumphs? Major life challenges? Any regrets? • What do they feel is their most valuable personal strengths (a strength that most assisted them in life achievements and challenges)? • Political Party affiliation? • Who they view as the most accomplished president, why? • Do they vote, and do they believe their vote to be meaningful? • Greatest challenge for the U.S. during their lifetime and in the future. • Do they see life more or less difficult now than in their early adulthood? • Find another family member and ask them to tell stories about this person?