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Facilitate research on thirty topics related to The House on Mango Street and its author, Sandra Cisneros, with this low-prep, standards-based activity. Students will navigate informational texts about historically significant women (Elvia Carillo Puerto, Adelina Zendejas, Lydia Cacho, and more), landmark events (Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, Equal Rights Amendment, and more), social justice organizations (American Civil Liberties Union, League of Women Voters, Hispanic Heritage Foundation, and more), Chicana authors (Gloria Evangelina Anzaldúa, Denise Chávez, Michele Serros, and more), and opportunities for writers (Hispanic Scholarship Fund, National Endowment for the Arts, and more). After compiling relevant details, the process culminates in the delivery of a formal presentation. A detailed scoring rubric is provided. Materials are delivered in Word Document and PDF formats.
Ultimately, students will perform the following tasks:
- Articulate connections between a research topic and the assigned text
- Conduct research using available resources
- Collect and classify reliable sources
- Develop successful methods of recording information
- Evaluate the credibility of nonfiction texts, taking into consideration readability, date, relevance, expertise, and bias
- Apply conventions of MLA formatting
- Correctly site resources to avoid plagiarism
- Organize information in a cohesive manner, using a note-taking system that includes summary, paraphrasing, and quoted material
- Analyze, synthesize, and integrate information, generating a thoughtfully comprehensive report, free of generalities and redundancies
- Present information in a formal, coherent manner
Materials are available for teaching a variety of texts such as: