10th Grade English
English 10 is designed for students interested in studying various writers and the relationship of the selected readings to each writer’s cultural background. The course will utilize classic and contemporary literary works representing a variety of cultures and races, encourage students to see their own culture from another culture’s point of view, and foster critical and deep discussions for rigorous written responses (essays) that cultivate deep critical thinking. This class will feature both fiction and non-fiction literature written by African-Americans, Asian-Americans, Chicana/os, and Native Indigenous peoples. Throughout this course, instruction will focus on thematic units, historical research and self-analysis. Sophomore Literature will explore four different racial ethnicities in the United States (African American, Asian-Americans, Native- Indigenous, and Chicana/os), paying particular attention to how the literature explores racism, discrimination, and rises above oppression. In this English Language Arts course, students will closely examine the critical relationships of the authors who challenged the discourse of American socio-political policy and commentary to move towards a more socially just and caring world for everyone. As students read, they will analyze how racism and discrimination has shaped the identity of the writer and culture. By participating in class discussions to connect the essential question to the literature, students will learn see how racism and discrimination are still present today and how this affects them. By reading different genres of literature, including poems, articles, and short stories, students will examine the experiences and conditions of each racial ethnicity covered in the courses and their push towards equality while maintaining their identity.
In order to prepare students to meet the course objectives, the students will…
Lyrics for the song above is in Spanish/English below:
From a youngster who was raised in a community "where there are more rabbits than people," to a nationally known music star, Roberto Jose Griego still considers himself, "just an ordinary guy."
"I was raised on a ranch in La Joya, N. M. by my father, grandparents and an aunt. I lost my mother to cancer when I was two. My grandfather worked from before dawn until after dark to provide us with a roof over our heads and food on the table, and we were still on Welfare. As a teenager, I practiced playing the guitar for seven to eight hours a day. My grandmother would tell me to go find a job, so I would pretend to have looked all day and then come back and play my guitar again."
Griego goes on to say that although they were considered working poor, and his grandparents were probably considered illiterate, "We were rich in love."
Griego just recently lost his father at the age of 91. "We were very close."
He began playing and singing with other bands and subsequently recorded his first record in a studio in Albuquerque owned by John Wagner. "I walked in and asked if I could record a song and they asked me where my band was. I told them, 'I am the band!'"
It cost him $45 to record his record ($120 today). Griego said, "I played rhythm and sang on the first track and then played lead melody on the second track."
Griego then remarks that, "What began as me, myself and I and my guitar producing my first 45 rpm record (Un Pobre No Mas, 1971-which still remains his biggest hit) I have since written and produced close to 40 songs with various other artists, and have just completed my seventh full length CD."
Griego said that his first record label was his own independent label, 'Bravo Records', ("sounded like a cool name to me") but it eventually had to be changed to RJG Records, "because someone else already had the name "Bravo".
He has kept the same label for the past 30 years.
Listen to the corrido
1. Pick a stanza to analyze: What does this stanza tell you about Griego's feeling for New Mexico?
2. Read Roberto Griego's biography above. Who was he? How did his family life have an impact on his music?
3. If you wrote a BALLAD or CORRIDO, what story would you tell?
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Create Cornell Notes for the TedTalk Video, "Dangers of the Single Narrative."
Essential Question: How is a single narrative harmful? What can we do to counter a single narrative?