Things Fall Apart
. Connecticut: Fawcett Publications, Inc. 1959. A novel that explores colonialism and what happens to colonialized people in Nigeria.
I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings
. New York: Bantam, 1971. An autobiography. Ms. Angelou’s life from childhood to age 17.
Gather Together In My Name
. New York: Bantam, 1975. Ms. Angelou’s life during the 1940’s through the early 1950’s.
The Heart of A Woman
. New York: Bantam, 1982. Ms. Angelou’s life from the early 1960’s to the mid-1970’s. An interesting account of the Civil Rights Movement and Ms. Angelou’s participation in it.
Beckson, Karl and Ganz, Arthur.
A Reader’s Guide to Literary Terms
. New York: Farrar, Straus and Cudahy, 1960. A useful resource of literary terms arranged in dictionary form.
The Autobiography of Malcolm X
. New York: Ballantine Books, 1964. The autobiography of one of America’s most charismatic leaders.
. New York: Pocket Books, Inc., 1964. A novel about Korean culture and the Korean War.
Kingston, Maxine Hong.
. New York: Ballantine Books, 1977. A beautifully written autobiographical novel, about Chinese American history and culture.
El Bronx Remembered
. New York: Bantam Books, 1975. Very interesting short stories about Puerto Rican children’s experiences growing up in New York City.
Murray, Donald M.
A Writer Teaches Writing
. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1968. Useful strategies for teaching writing skills to students.
Family Installments Memories of Growing Up Hispanic
. New York: Penguin Books, 1982. The autobiography of Edward Rivera, who was born in Puerto Rico and was raised in New York City. An interesting book about Puerto Rican culture, family, values and learning.
Troupe, Quincy and Schulte, Rainier.
. New York: Vintage Books, 1975. An anthology of third world writings including black, Hispanic, African and Asian writers.
Simon, Sidney, Howe, Leland W., Kirschenbaum, Howard.
. New York: Hart Publishing Company, Inc. 1972. A useful resource of potential writing topics for the journal or creative writing assignments and values clarification exercises that can be used as role play exercises.