Core Literature Themes and Connections
Baseball in April
by Gary Soto
Eleven short stories by award-winning poet Soto portray Latino kids
bridging the span between cultures and generations. Soto brings sensitivity
and humor to these portrayals of first love, deceit, success vs. failure
and the ups and downs of friendship.
grade Core Literature
and Vocabulary Words
Hispanic, Mexican-American, culture, poetry, poems, Gary Soto, family,
Family, Poetry, Cultures
What is the
importance of setting in the work of Gary Soto?
Gary Soto Website
This site is the official Gary Soto website with a complete bgiography,
list of books, information about his latest whereabouts, and a
way to order his books. This is a commercial site.
Online Poetry Classroom
This site is a program of the Academy of American Poets and provides
teaching tips and tools on how to teach poetry. You can search
for a poet or poem.
Write a biographical
sketch of Gary Soto
Discuss short stories and have students write a short story about
where they live.
Have students join a discussion forum on poetry.
Write a poem
Language Arts Content Standards
1.0 Writing Strategies
Students write clear, coherent, and focused essays. The writing
exhibits students' awareness of the audience and purpose.
Organization and Focus
1.1 Choose the form of writing (e.g., personal letter, letter
to the editor, review, poem, report, narrative) that best suits
the intended purpose.
appear in Hispanic art?
Why should I learn about Mexican American culture?
on Gary Sotos Short Stories
This CyberGuide by Barbara Garrison provides standards-based activities
linked to resources on Hispanic Art and Culture.
This website is a commercial site for Education-World, but it
provides good resources and ideas for teachers.
Create a picture
using themes that appear in Hispanic Art
Design a Postage stamp that represents Hispanic culture
5. Describe the continued migration of Mexican settlers into Mexican
territories of the West and Southwest.
6. Relate how and when California, Texas, Oregon, and other western
lands became part of the United States, including the significance
of the Texas War for Independence and the Mexican-American War.
Visual and Performing Arts
3.0 HISTORICAL AND CULTURAL CONTEXT
Understanding the Historical Contributions and Cultural Dimensions
of the Visual Arts
Students analyze the role and development of the visual arts in
past and present cultures throughout the world, noting human diversity
as it relates to the visual arts and artists.
Role and Development of the Visual Arts
3.1 Research and discuss the role of the visual arts in selected
periods of history, using a variety of resources (both print and
3.2 View selected works of art from a culture and describe how
they have changed or not changed in theme and content over a period
act over time to change Earth's features?
How does change in climate affect Earth's ecosystems?
Did the Earths Climate Change?
Study Works! Online is a service of MathSoft Engineering and
Education, Inc. and provides free online activities and lessons
for teachers and students grades 6-12. This activity on Global
Warming makes learning real by making them investigators of temperatures
and climate starting with ancient times and then comparing it
to different times and places in history.
Climate and Temperature to Past
Students can use the online acticity to investigate if there really
is global warming. Teachers can use these ideas as writing prompts.
Investigation and Experimentation
7. Scientific progress is made by asking meaningful questions
and conducting careful investigations. As a basis for understanding
this concept and addressing the content in the other three strands,
students should develop their own questions and perform investigations.
a. Develop a hypothesis.
b. Select and use appropriate tools and technology (including
calculators, computers, balances, spring scales, microscopes,
and binoculars) to perform tests, collect data, and display data.
c. Construct appropriate graphs from data and develop qualitative
statements about the relationships between variables.
d. Communicate the steps and results from an investigation in
written reports and oral presentations.
e. Recognize whether evidence is consistent with a proposed explanation.
f. Read a topographic map and a geologic map for evidence provided
on the maps and construct and interpret a simple scale map.
g. Interpret events by sequence and time from natural phenomena
(e.g., the relative ages of rocks and intrusions).