ERIC Number: ED178233
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977
Reference Count: 0
El Espiritu Siempre Eterno Del Mexico Americano (The Always Eternal Spirit of the Mexican American).
Quintanilla, Guadalupe C.; Silman, James B.
Twenty stories and essays suitable for intermediate and secondary grades illustrate the enduring spirit of Mexican American life, legend, custom, and culture. The Spanish language book describes the ceremonies of baptism, engagement, marriage, and the "quinceanera" (a girl's 15th birthday). Folklore (magic spells, superstitions, "cuentos" or tales, the legend of the Virgin of Guadalupe) and customs (Christmas "posadas", religious promises or "mandas", and the elaborate rodeos known as "charreadas") are explained as are such aspects of Mexican American culture as music, dancing, and machismo. Several chapters are devoted to current issues including the women's movement, energy sources, and political participation. Each story or essay is followed by a series of questions and a written exercise. A Spanish-English vocabulary list completes the book. (SB)
Descriptors: Bilingual Education, Books, Cross Cultural Studies, Cultural Activities, Cultural Awareness, Cultural Background, Cultural Education, Cultural Enrichment, Folk Culture, Instructional Materials, Intermediate Grades, Language Arts, Legends, Mexican Americans, Multicultural Education, Secondary Education, Spanish, Supplementary Reading Materials, Tales, Textbooks
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Learner
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A