Lesson plans for Too Many Tamales and other books
An essay on "classroom issues and strategies" for working with Soto.
Biography and links to other resources from the Academy of American Poets.
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.
Baseball in April
Suggestions for follow-up activities and related readings.
Graphic organizer (character analysis), vocabulary practice, and editing practice. This document requires Adobe Reader or compatible application for access.
Chato and the Party Animals
Suggestions for before and after reading.
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.
Reading and Writing with Gary Soto
Using "Tortillas Like Africa" and Too Many Tamales students explore literary elements of a story or poem.