Teach This Poem: "In a Neighborhood in Los Angeles" by Francisco X. Alarcón

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After sketching an essential person and reading an article, scholars read the poem "In a Neighborhood in Los Angeles" by Francisco X. Alarcón. They listen to the poem in English and Spanish and record lines that stand out to them. Small groups discuss their findings. The whole class details how the poem celebrates the culture and everyday life. Middle schoolers compose images or poems. High schoolers read additional poems and choose their favorite poets.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Plan the lesson during Hispanic Heritage Month—September 15-October 15
  • For middle schoolers, display their finisher poem or image at Open House
  • Modify the extensions for middle and high schoolers to meet the needs for elementary learners to keep the learning going 
Classroom Considerations
  • The poem mentions a grandparent leaving, this may trigger emotions in some learners
  • The third lesson in a series of 21 that explores poetry
Pros
  • The poem is offered in English and Spanish; pupils have the opportunity to listen to it in both languages
  • The lesson lends itself nicely to having grand conversations and reflection
Cons
  • None