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1.  "El Escape Cubano"

Posted 29 days ago
¡Hola!  I am planning to read this short novel with my Spanish Speaker level 2 students.  I would like to preface the reading with some context that shows why people would risk their family's lives, and their own to "escape" Cuba. I have to be careful because I live in Miami which is heavily Cuban.  Another teacher presented a lesson on Cuba, and a few parents sent emails in complaining of the history, so, I am looking for something adolescent-friendly, historically accurate and from the perspective of the Cubans who were determined to leave.  Does anyone have any suggestions, or resources that I can use?  The title of the book is "El Escape Cubano" by Mira Canion.

Nadia Khan-Roberts

2.  RE: "El Escape Cubano"

Posted 28 days ago
You got my interest going and so I looked around and found this blog.  Perhaps it will help?

Ella Campos
Anderson HS
Cincinnati OH

Ella Campos


3.  RE: "El Escape Cubano"

Posted 24 days ago
​Andres Lara is a motivational speaker local to FL (Fort Myers).
His own story is a compelling rags to riches tale beginning with his escape from Cuba alone at fifteen years of age. He absolutely electrifies students. Perhaps having him come and speak to your class would be an option?
He uses the name 'The Cuban Guy'.

Susie Watt Language Consultant

4.  RE: "El Escape Cubano"

Posted 23 days ago
Nadia, it is so exciting to see that you are incorporating literature with level 2 students!  Don't be afraid of parents!!  You are using Expeditionary Learning design with your students!  Incorporating literacy, fieldwork, experts, social studies, language, exciting!!!  Just be sure the principal knows what you are doing and why...and explain to parents how you are allowing for diverse voices and opinions in your classroom.

Brigid Burke
bburke@bgsu.eduAssociate Professor of Education