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How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents Teaching Unit
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- Why does the family immigrate to the United States? For what reasons does Papi decide not to return to the Dominican Republic?
- List three “old country” values Papi wants to instill in his daughters.
- Why does Mami often say “Good bulls sire cows”?
- Why does Mami wear rainbow colors? In what sense does Mami try to help her daughters straddle the demands of both cultures?
- Briefly summarize the circumstances in the story surrounding each of the following items. What might they each represent? the Palmolive soap sign, the raven, the makes of American cars, the Barbie dolls, snow, the monkey hands
- What are Yolanda’s “antojos”?
- Cite three incidents from Yolanda’s life that support the theme that immigrant children with roots in two different cultures often have difficulties establishing their identities.
- Why is it ironic that the sisters use the “strict” rules for female conduct, which are part of life in the Dominican Republic, to break up Fifi’s romance with Manuel?
- Define the following vocabulary words from the story: guavas, machetes, aerogramme, prophetic, schizophrenic, monolingual, repatriated, mantilla, primogeniture, communal
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A teaching unit and individual learning packet from Prestwick House. Includes the following: comprehensive chapter-by-chapter study guides for students; questions suitable for essay topics or discussion; vocabulary lists; multiple-choice and essay test with answer key; introductory material from Prestwick House to familiarize both students and teachers with the work.