- Paperback: 162 pages
- Publisher: Stenhouse Publishers; 1 edition (September 7, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1625311117
- ISBN-13: 978-1625311115
- Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.4 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #733,310 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Dream Wakers: Mentor Texts That Celebrate Latino Culture 1st Edition
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Writing workshop guru Culham showcases 116 diverse mentor texts within her well-established framework of the "6+1" writing traits. She uses the analogy of guests at a dinner party to explain the importance and interdependence of ideas, organization, voice, word choice, sentence fluency, and convention—her six traits of wonderful writers—and has compiled a well-curated compendium of recent and classic picture books about Latino culture(s) by (mostly) Latino authors and illustrators. There are few chapter books; a fifth of the materials are nonfiction. Culham offers a short synopsis of each title and a unique writing (or otherwise creative) extension activity. Readers will appreciate interviews with seasoned writers, including Alma Flor Ada and Duncan Tonatiuh, and new authors such as Monica Brown, who speak about their journeys and the need for Latino voices in children's literature. There is an informative introduction on diversity in literature, and the appendix sheds light on Culham's selection process and explains her criteria, developed by experts such as Jamie Naidoo and Louise Derman-Sparks. There is also a handy chart for identifying the type of book (bilingual, English with Spanish words, English only), the highlighted trait, and the genre. VERDICT Great for collection development, cultural literacy, and lessons about a writer's craft. Educators who work with students from second through sixth grade will find this volume highly useful.—Sara Lissa Paulson, City-As-School High School, New York City
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David L. Harrison
It is well laid out, easy to use and gives you many choices to select from based on grade level taught.
Each book suggested by Ms. Culham, has been enjoyed by my students. They see themselves in the words and love that
they can identify with the characters in the story. It has helped several of my students find their voice by
allowing them to feel like they are "back home" and visiting family.
Thank you Ruth Culham for giving my students a love of literature.