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Judith Ortiz Cofer in the Classroom: A Woman in Front of the Sun

by Carol Jago

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Judith Ortiz Cofer in the Classroom: A Woman in Front of the Sun

Grades 8 – 12
Type Book
Pages 82
Published November 2006
Publisher National Council of Teachers of English



In an era of increasing emphasis on standardized testing, it can be difficult to add the works of new authors to the high school English curriculum. But what if reading the poetry and fiction of Judith Ortiz Cofer, or the writing of other multicultural authors, “engaged your students in such deep reading and writing that their scores went through the roof?” In this practical guide, Carol Jago argues that the curriculum should embrace all kinds of literature because such a curriculum keeps students both engaged and challenged.

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