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…was placed upon them by a brutal dictator. Full of lively prose and built on Dominican history, The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao is multicultural magical realism for today’s reader. Adult themes make this selection appropriate for mature students. This book is eligible for Prestwick…

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Scenes from new Hispanic, Asian, and African-American plays.

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This coming–of–age novel is a wonderful multicultural selection about a Cuban–Polish–American girl whose Cuban grandmother insists that her family hold a Quinceanera celebration to mark her 15th birthday. Although hesitant at first, Violet begins to research her roots,…

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…Douglass’s Narrative is immensely popular among students and teachers alike. Though it contains challenging vocabulary, this nonfiction multicultural text is very accessible for most readers. If you haven’t taught it before, you may want to consider using our Teaching Unit. Our Literary…

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…following in classrooms around the country. The story of two women living in Afghanistan in the present time, A Thousand Splendid Suns is a rich multicultural novel with strong female characters, a vivid and engaging setting, powerful themes, and enough action to keep your classes flying through…

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Whenever I'm asked to recommend a multicultural novel for grades 6 to 8, this Newbery Medal winner is one of the first titles that comes to mind. In Mississippi during the Depression, a young black girl and her family struggle with financial hardship and racial bigotry. Students will thoroughly…

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This multicultural novel quickly immerses students in the world of Tayo, a young man of mixed heritage (both white and Native-American), inhabits. The main thrust of the book deals with Tayo as a prisoner of the Japanese during World War II and how that experience affected his life. Ceremony also…

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Classroom teachers often feel pressure to choose between using standards-based lessons and activities that engage their students creativity and encourage personal expression. In Jump Write In!, the experienced writer-teachers from WritersCorps offer numerous exercises that do both: build key…

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A collection of 35 contemporary short stories. The publisher describes it as a volume that "mirrors our age, our conscious, and our lives." If you’re looking for an alternative to the long popular paperback anthologies, this could be it. This book is eligible for Prestwick House…

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The story of a family of illegal immigrants from Bangladesh, Ask Me No Questions will have your students feeling empathy for a familys life of secrets. A Booklist starred review says, Readers will feel the heartbreak, prejudice, kindness, and fear. This book is eligible for Prestwick House paperback…

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In this moving story of three generations of Cuban women torn apart by Fidel Castro's revolution, students will glimpse the Cuban political climate beginning in the 1930s and witness various individual responses to the hardships caused by it. Told through stories, memories, letters, dreams, and…

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Studying a literary text from a variety of critical perspectives is a great way to open students' minds, help them find a personal connection to a work of literature, and kindle a lifelong passion for the works that you love to teach. These ready-to-use, reproducible guides will help you introduce…

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