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Course: Advanced Language Arts
Lesson Title: The Scholarship Jacket
|Purpose||You will practice using the six reading strategies as you read the short story "The Scholarship Jacket." |
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Author: Marta Salinas, born 1949
Born in Coalinga, California, Marta Salinas received an M.F.A. in creative writing from the University of California at Irvine. She has published several short stories in journals and anthologies. "The Scholarship Jacket" originally appeared in Nosotras: Latina Literature Today.
Hispanic Americans are an important segment of the U.S. population. Many have family ties to Mexico, Puerto Rico, Cuba, or the Spanish-speaking countries of Central America. Others are members of families that have lived in the United States for hundreds of years.
The more than 27 million Hispanic Americans have made many contributions to American history and culture. "The Scholarship Jacket" is about a Mexican-American girl who lives in Texas. The story tells how she deals with the possibility of losing an award she deserves.
A story's theme is the message or moral it expresses about human nature or life in general. Usually, a theme is not directly stated. The reader must figure it out by making logical inferences, or guesses, based on details in the story. As you read the story, think about how the theme of "The Scholarship Jacket" is revealed through Martha's experiences.
Active Reading - Connecting
When you use the strategy of connecting in reading a story, you look for elements that you can relate to your own knowledge and experience. While reading "The Scholarship Jacket," take note of things that you can connect with your own life. Do any of the characters resemble people you know? Which details, events, and emotions seem familiar? Which are unfamiliar?
|A. Her parents are too poor to feed all their children.|
|B. Her parents do not live near a school.|
|C. Her parents died when she was six years old.|
|D. Her parents live with her grandparents, too.|
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