LaGuardia Community College 2002-03 Common Reading
Esmeralda Santiago, When I Was Puerto Rican

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Faculty who are teaching When I Was Puerto Rican have access to two different resources for this book. First, we encourage you to make use of this section of the web site with teaching ideas. You will find resources here for teaching Santiago chronologically, as the book progresses, or thematically, based on the global themes introduced throughout the text. Here you will find discussion questions, group activities, ideas for assignments, ideas for field trips, and ideas for incorporating Santiago across the disciplines, and resources to bring into the classroom. Second, an Instructor's Guide is available in Dean Arcario's office in M-400. This Instructor's Guide provides you with a chapter-by-chapter summary of the narrative in When I Was Puerto Rican along with discussion questions (these are the same discussion questions found in Teaching Santiago Chronologically).


Assignments: Different facets of the Santiago book and ways to incorporate them into your curriculum, group activities for in the classroom and suggested field trips.

Finding Aids for Studying Santiago in the LaGuardia library: Coming Soon

Incorporating Santiago Across the Disciplines: Ideas for teaching Santiago from a variety of disciplinary perspectives.

Media Resources in the Library: A comprehensive list of "Immigration" and "Hispanic and Latino" videotapes available in the library.

Teaching Santiago Chronologically: An overview of teaching strategies for thinking about the book from the late 1940s through the 1960s.

Teaching Santiago Thematically: Ways to think about themes in Santiago's work and how to connect these ideas to your course.


About New York: New York Latino/a life and a short history of Brooklyn in the 1950s and 1960s.

About Puerto Rico: A brief history of the island and resources for research Puerto Rico of the 1950s, the time period for When I Was Puerto Rican.

About Santiago: A brief biographical sketch of Santiago and her life.

Audio recording: There are 5 audio clips collected from the National Public Radio website. You will hear Esmerald Santiago's own voice. Real Audio is needed to listen to the recording.

Living in History Project: Describes the Living in History project begun in the fall of 2001 at LaGuardia Community College. The project seeks to record student narratives as part of the LaGuardia and Wagner Archives housed here at the college.

Maps: Several maps from 1898, 1920 and 1976 to give a historical overview of the island and its cartography.

Opening Prompt: This short exercise was used at Student Opening Sessions on 9 September 2002.

Other Latino/a Authors: This page lists other Latino/a authors. The list is broken down into genre categories and is alphabetical by author.

Photographs of Brooklyn: From the LaGuardia and Wagner Archive New York City Housing Authority Collection, these photographs offer a view of historic Brooklyn from the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s.

Photographs of Puerto Rico: From the Library of Congress, and the Binghamton University Women's History Project, these photographs offer a comprehensive overview of urban and rural Puerto Rican life in the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s.

Researching Santiago: Resources for researching Santiago's life and work.

Transcript of "The Social Worker's Visit" audio recording.

Transcript of "The Welfare Office" audio recording.

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