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Martin Kevorkian, Chair CAL 226, Mailcode B5000, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-4991

Fall 2006

E 322 • Teaching Multicultural Literature in Secondary School

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
35195 TTh
12:30 PM-2:00 PM

Course Description


This course will focus on developing secondary students' awareness, appreciation and understanding of the multiplicity of voices in American literature--and, secondarily, in world literature. Course participants will read a core list of works often taught in the nation's middle schools and high schools and will explore a variety of teaching activities for each core work. All required works are adaptable to a variety of grade levels and reading abilities: teachers can use them to engage middle school and high school students--advanced as well as struggling/reluctant readers--in the rich variety of voices that define American and world literature. Participants will read also from supplementary reading lists. The course will include writing strategies and activities, reading strategies, speaking and listening activities, and viewing and representing strategies.

Grading Policy

In-class performance 25%
Amultiple-genre project, including poems, monologues, and essays 30%
Lesson plans and teaching activities 30%
Informal reading response entries 15%


Maya Angelou, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
Sandra Cisneros, The House on Mango Street
Elie Wiesel, Night
Pat Mora, My Own True Name
Naomi Shihab Nye, Nineteen Varieties of Gazelle
Oscar Casares, "Yolanda"
Sherman Alexie, "Every Little Hurricane"
Richard Rodriguez, an excerpt from Hunger of Memory
An independently chosen novel or memoir.


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