Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Latin America books - 7th grader reviews, part 1: Cuba, Mexico, and US

My seventh graders recently wrapped up their Latin America unit of study in Social Studies. As part of the unit, our librarian and I put together a book list and had every student choose a book to read and review.

(We did a "book speed dating" session where everyone had a few minutes to look over a stack of 4-5 books before passing them on to their classmates. It was fun to see how much excitement - and possessiveness - was generated when they were choosing.)

For their presentations to the class, I asked them each to create poster (based on an advertisement from the latest Horn Book). Each poster contains a brief spoil-free teaser for the book as well as a description of the ideal reader. This first half focuses on books set in Cuba, Mexico, and the United States. Part two will feature books set in Central and South America.

(Click on any image to see the full-resolution version.)


Enchanted Air: two cultures, two wings by Margarita Engle (memoir)

Cuba 15 by Nancy Osa

Cold War (From the US)

Countdown series by Deborah Wiles

United States

The Tequila Worm by Viola Canales


The Lightning Queen by Laura Resau

Red Glass by Laura Resau

What the Moon Saw by Laura Resau

What are your favorite Latin America books for middle school? (Stay tuned for part 2 featuring books set in Central and South America.)

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