Alvarez, Julia. How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents, NY: Penguin Books, 1991.
I visited my friend, a Peace Core Volunteer, in the Dominican Republic during February of 1997. Recently her mother recommended that I read this book. It was wonderful! I chose the chapters that were conducive to the planning of
Alvarez, Julia. “Names/Nobres,” The Language of Literature: Grade 7 Teacher’s Edition Sample, NY: McDougal Littell, 2000.
This personal essay provided me with a framework to begin this unit. It also inspired me to extend my learning.
Fox, Geoffrey. Hispanic Nation Culture, Politics, and The Construction of Identity, NY: Carol Publishing Group, 1996.
I utilized this book because it provides an explanation of Latin American terminology and a critical analysis of Santiago’s When I Was Puerto Rican.
Keen, Benjamin. A History of Latin America, Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company,
Keen’s book provides an historical overview and chronology of events starting with Ancient America.
Santiago, E. “Esmeralda Santiago on Writing When I Was Puerto Rican”, Keynote Speaker, http://www.drew.edu/temp/mcaw/keynotepg.htm, (23 May, 2000).
Esmeralda Santiago discusses cultural identity in a keynote speech.
Santiago, Esmeralda. When I Was Puerto Rican, NY: Random House, 1993.
This autobiography was most enjoyable and would be appropriate for any
Middle school class.
Skidmore, Thomas E., and Smith, Peter H. Modern Latin America, NY: Oxford
University Press, 1997. Skidmore’s book is informative and has
given me a perspectival overview of Modern Latin America.
“Dominican Republic – The First Colony”,
(12 May, 2000). This web site outlines the first colony in the D.R.
“Dominican Republic – Racial and Ethnic Groups”,
(12 May, 2000). This web site discusses the island’s indigenous inhabitants
and the progression of ethnic groups.
“Julia Alvarez – Biography/Major Themes”,
http://www.emory.edu/ENGLISH/Bahri/Alvarez.html, (10 April, 2000).
This web site provides a biographical sketch of Julia Alvarez and is quite informative.
“Portfolio of Stars”, Hispanic Heritage Month,
(23 May, 2000). This web site provides a biographical sketch of Esmerald Santiago.
Requa, M., “Politics of Fiction”,
http://fronteramag.com/issue5/Alvarez/, (10 April, 2000). Marny Requa
interviews Julia Alvarez using question/answer format.