LATINO LITERATURE SYLLABUS
Spring Semester 2009 - Ms. Cindy Threet
Overview: The second semester of this course focuses on contemporary issues and literature.
Students will read and analyze various genres such as essays, novels, plays, short stories, and
poetry. The course will develop each student’s ability to analyze literature and communicate through
both written and oral expression. Students taking the class for X-credit will have additional reading,
writing, and research.
Major Units for Second Semester:
1. Unit One: Due Process and Human Rights:
Zoot Suit, a play by Luis Valdez (based on a true story)
The Milagro Beanfield War, by John Nichols (based on a true story)
2. Unit Two: Immigration Stories as Primary Sources
2. Unit Three: Latina Stories - Searching for Identity and Selfhood
(Choose two novels for X-credit, one for regular credit)
a. Caramelo, by Sandra Cisneros
b. How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents, by Julia Alvarez
c. Dirty Girls Social Club, by Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez
d. When I was Puerto Rican, by Esmeralda Santiago
e. When the Spirits Danced the Mambo, by Moreno Vega
f. Breath, Eyes, Memory, by Edwidge Danticat
3. Unit Four: Human Rights: Political and Social Issues of Today
(Choose one novel for regular credit. Read both for X-credit)
a. The Devil’s Highway, by Luis Alberto Urrea
b. Tortilla Curtain, by T. Coraghessan Boyle
Texts (for classroom use):
The Latino Reader: from 1542 to the Present
Hispanic American Literature: an Anthology
Infinite Divisions: an Anthology of Chicano Literature
Readings on Assimilation
Poetry, Essays & Short Stories:
These will be located in our textbooks or xeroxed for you.
Those taking the class for regular credit must attend at least two community performances or art exhibits sponsored by Latino artists. Those taking the class for X-credit must attend at least three community events. Students must write a critical review for each performance or exhibit.
Points and grades are cumulative throughout each semester. WORK WILL BE TURNED IN ON TIME. Late work will be accepted for 50% credit. That means that late work will receive a failing grade. Make-up work from excused absences will be completed promptly. It is your responsibility to find out what work you missed if you were absent. MAKE-UP WORK WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED FROM MISSED CLASSES IF THE ABSENCES ARE UNEXCUSED.
****COMMUNICATE WITH ME AHEAD OF TIME IF YOU NEED HELP OR MORE TIME TO GET
ASSIGNMENTS OR PROJECTS DONE. I can be flexible with responsible, communicative students. Coming to me the day that the assignment is due (or after) with excuses will do you no good, don’t
even try it!!! Students who attend regularly, conscientiously complete assignments, and participate in class discussions will earn good grades. Those who are late, fail to do their assignments, and/or disrupt class, will not get good grades.
1. A binder that we will keep in the classroom. All journaling, grammar and punctuation
exercises, and brainstorming assignments will go into this notebook.
2. Paper, pens, and pencils. A colored pen for editing work.
3. Dictionary and thesaurus (for home use).
4. Some assignments must be typed. If you do not have a computer, we can
schedule time in the library for you to type.
- Journal entries for novels -Journal entries for class -Quizzes
- Performance projects -Essays and reports -Final