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Article: Why Multicultural Literature is Important in ELA Classes

Unit Introduction and Class information:

The Motorcycle Diaries: A Journey Around South America

This unit plan will cover two weeks of class (ten days) in 90 minute class periods in a high school English class. The lessons are geared towards 11th -12th graders but may also be used with 10th graders. Also these lessons are designed to be used in a Chicago Public School with a high population of Hispanic students. The anchor text is written by and about an influential Hispanic man, and I think it is beneficial for students of this culture to learn about a strong male role model and learn how to pursue their dreams in the same way as him. This unit will require students to show their skills in reading, poetry, journal writing, discussion, and a few other areas as well. The anchor text for this unit is The Motorcycle Diaries: Notes on a Latin American Journey, by Ernesto Che Guevara.
This novel is a memoir by the famous Che Guevara that accounts an exciting two year journey he took across South America on a motor bike with friend Alberto Granado in the early 50’s. This unit is a way to show students a unique cultural perspective of a very influential Latino man, and help them see how great things can be done with very minimal resources. For this unit we will be focusing on the Latino culture, mainly in South America.
There will be many opportunities for discovery and discussion in this unit. One of the main purposes in this unit will be to learn about unique aspects in the Latino cultures while discovering new and exciting aspects of their own identity. Writing will be thoughtful and will have a tight knit connection to their lives, the way Guevara’s writing is directly linked to his life. In this unit students will also read a variety of poetry by Latino/a writers like Sandra Cisneros.
Materials Needed:
  • The Motorcycle Diaries: A Latin American Journey
  • House on Mango Street
  • Hairs (Pelitos)
  • Poetry by Pablo Nerudo and Otero Silva
  • Reading, Writing, and Rising Up: How to Teach Social Justice in the Classroom (optional)
  • Writing Utensils and Paper
  • Coloring Utensils
  • Map of South America

State Standards Met for the Unit: 1.1.1, 1.1.3, 1.1.4, 1.1.5, 1.1.6, 1.1.7, 1.1.8, 1.2.1, 1.2.2, 1.2.3, 1.3.1, 1.3.5, 1.3.6, 1.3.7, 1.3.8, 1.4.1, 1.4.2, 1.4.4, 1.4.6, 1.4.7, 1.5.1, 1.5.2, 1.5.3, 1.5.4, 1.5.5, 2.1.1, 2.1.2, 2.1.3, 2.1.4, 2.1.5, 2.1.6, 2.1.7, 2.1.11, 2.1.12, 2.2.1, 2.2.2, 2.2.3, 2.3.1, 2.3.2, 2.3.3, 2.3.5, 2.3.6, 2.3.7, 2.3.8

10 DAY UNIT: The Motorcycle Diaries:
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- UNIT Plan

Extra Handouts for Daily Lessons:

Videos to be shown in class:

Short explanation of the Inca Empire

BBC tour of Machu Picchu

Pictures of Che Guevara throughout his life

The Death of Che Guevara