Gary Soto
Lesson plans for Too Many Tamales and other books

|Biography and Background| |The Afterlife| |Baseball in April| |Chato and the Party Animals| |Here's My Dollar| |La Bamba| |Local News| |Novio Boy| |Pacific Crossing| |Petty Crimes (including "Born Worker")| |Taking Sides| |Too Many Tamales|

Biography and Background

Gary Soto
The author's official site.

Gary Soto
The author's biography at Wikipedia.

Gary Soto Author Study
26-lesson unit designed for 7th grade, includes several of Soto's works, ends with students sharing their own writing. 116 pages; Adobe Reader required.

Gary Soto
An essay on "classroom issues and strategies" for working with Soto.

Gary Soto
Biography and links to other resources from the Academy of American Poets.

The Afterlife

The Afterlife
To avoid writing a story that begins with a bang and winds down with a whimper, in this lesson student writers start stories at the end. After choosing a momentous event in their lives, they write about its climax; they then use this "ending" as a unique and powerful introduction to a longer story that describes the events that led to the climax. This lesson focuses on organization and idea development.

The Afterlife Reading Skills and Strategies. Access requires Adobe Reader.

Baseball in April

"Broken Chain"
Graphic organizer (character analysis), vocabulary practice, and editing practice. This document requires Adobe Reader or compatible application for access.

New 10/29"Seventh Grade"
Pre-reading, background information, vocabulary, text of the story, postreading comprehension and analysis activities, practice with writing, more.

Chato and the Party Animals

Chato and the Party Animals
Suggestions for before and after reading.

Here's My Dollar

Here's My Dollar
Students note details as they read. Includes text-dependent questions, vocabulary words, a culminating task, and additional learning activities. Word processor required for access.

La Bamba

La Bamba
Students note details as they read. Includes text-dependent questions, vocabulary words, a culminating task, and additional learning activities. Word processor required for access.

Local News

Local News Reading Skills and Strategies. Access requires Adobe Reader.

Novio Boy

Novio Boy Reading Skills and Strategies. Access requires Adobe Reader.

Pacific Crossing

Click here: these lesson plans have been moved to a separate page.

Petty Crimes

"Born Worker"
Students note details as they read. Includes summary, text-dependent questions and suggested evidence-based answers, academic vocabulary, a culminating writing task with prompt and model response, and additional learning activities. Word processor required for access.

"Born Worker"
Interactive guided reading questions.

Taking Sides

Taking Sides by Gary Soto
Designed for grades 8 and 9, this site offers a summary, theme openers, crosscurricular activities, research assignments, and suggestions for additional reading.

Too Many Tamales

Reading and Writing with Gary Soto
Using "Tortillas Like Africa" and Too Many Tamales, students explore literary elements of a story or poem.



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