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K-12 Outreach: Literature Guides

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The LAII's Literature Guides are lesson plans and activities that accompany either a specific young adult book featured in our monthly book group, Vamos a Leer, or a picture book honored by the Améaricas Award. Each book is chosen because it engages in some way with Latin America, the Caribbean or Latinos in the United States. Each literature-based Educator's Guide includes background on the author and book, thematic lessons and activities, and resources to support or extend the use of the book in the classroom. The lesson plans and activities encourage the teaching of literacy through the content areas and are linked to the Common Core State Standards. The guides are listed below in the order in which we featured the title.

All of the young adult books featured on this page pertain to the LAII's Vamos a Leer book group/blog. Learn more about the Vamos a Leer book group and blog or go directly to the blog to read engaging resources and discussions related to the Educator's Guides.

The children's book guides are produced by LAII project assistant Katrina Dillon as part of a partnership with the Consortium of Latin American Studies (CLASP), which oversees the Américas Award. CLASP founded the AmĂ©ricas Award in 1993 to encourage and commend authors, illustrators and publishers who produce quality children’s and young adult books that portray Latin America, the Caribbean, or Latinos in the United States, and to provide teachers with recommendations for classroom use. To see other resources related to the Américas Award, visit the CLASP website.

YA Curriculum Resources

2016 Fall (2017 Spring Pending)

 

See the printable version of dates and titles for reference. We will alternate reading young adult and older titles; only the YA books will have accompanying curriculum and will be listed below.

  • September 12, 2016: Silver People: Voices from the Panama Canal by Margarita Engle
  • October 10, 2016: Out of Darkness by Ashley Hope-Pérez
  • December 12, 2016: The Farming of Bones by Edwidge Danticat

2015-2016

 

See the printable version of dates and titles for reference. Each month we will alternate reading young adult and older titles; only the YA books will have accompanying curriculum, and will be listed below.

2014-2015

 

2013-2014

 

2012-2013

 

2011-2012

 

Previous Educator's Guides

 

Children's Curriculum Resources

Américas Award Titles