Latinx Authors and History
Explore the experiences of Latinx, Chicano, and Hispanic individuals and movements in the literary and informational text set.
Address to the Commonwealth Club of California
Chavez describes the terrible conditions for Mexican farm workers, and calls for change.
Little Things Are Big
Jesús Colón recalls a time when he chose not to assist a white woman who needed help on the subway.
I Am Offering This Poem
Jimmy Santiago Baca
With nothing else to offer, a speaker gives the gifts of poetry and love.
The Scholarship Jacket
Marta is a straight-A student who has earned a scholarship jacket, but her financial situation – and an unjust school leader – may prevent her from receiving her reward.
Mexican Migrant Workers in the 20th Century
This informational text describes the hard lives of Mexican-Americans and immigrants who became migrant workers throughout the 20th century in the United States.
The Stolen Party
A young girl attends the birthday party of a friend whose family employs her mother.
Junot Díaz explores his experiences with fear after being beat-up as an adolescent.
Julia Alvarez discusses the multiple names she has been given over the years.
On her birthday, a young girl is embarrassed when she is forced to wear a sweater that is not hers.
The Drive-In Movies
A boy describes his desire to go to the drive-in movies.
A boy tries to impress a girl on the first day of seventh grade.
A boy hopes to impress the new girl at school by beating her at a game of racquetball.
Mother and Daughter
A girl’s mother doesn’t have enough money to buy her a new dress for a school dance.
A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings
Gabriel García Márquez
In this short story, an old man with wings crashes into a family’s yard and is exploited by the family and townspeople.
Presented in both English and Spanish, this poem describes the desire to be a weed rather than a flower.
The Chicano Movement
This text describes the history, development, and lasting impact of the Chicano Movement in the United States
Two best friends become competitors when they must fight each other in a boxing match.
In this poem, the speaker proclaims the depth of their love.
Puerto Rican Obituary
Five Puerto Ricans find that they were unable to fulfill their dreams in America.