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Muchacho

by Louanne Johnson

 

YAL Presenter Unit 2010/2011

Subjects: English
Grade Level: 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Posted: 2010

Unit Created by: Daniel Laubacher and Robert Valle



What makes this a good YAL choice...

Muchacho by Louanne Johnson features “secret reader” Eddie who can be an example to students that are afraid to embrace their intelligence. Eddie navigates the minefield of male adolescence; conforming to expectations with friends and at school, dealing with family and teachers, nurturing a growing relationship with his girlfriend.

In the end, he matures into Eduardo through poetry. The novel paints fairly realistic portrait of the problems faced at school by Edie because of preconceptions and bureaucracy. One of the best elements of this book is the incorporation of the Toltec wisdom of The Four Agreements (Be Impeccable with Your Word, Don’t Take Anything Personally, Don’t Make Assumptions, and Always Do Your Best), which are good guides for anyone’s journey through life.
Daniel Laubacher

 


YAL Conference Workshop Description

Muchacho: Agreements and Achievement
Daniel Laubacher and Robert Valle, Presenters

A high school student in New Mexico makes the transformation from small stakes delinquent and “secret reader” Eddie into poet and intellectual Eduardo, with some help from family, friends and the Toltec wisdom of The Four Agreements (Be Impeccable with Your Word, Don’t Take Anything Personally, Don’t Make Assumptions, and Always Do Your Best).

This workshop will explore the variety of influences on students in and out of school. In keeping with the GEAR UP professional development themes of Rigor, Relevance and Relationships, we will also consider “classroom agreements” and other class/community building activities and their impact on student expectations and productivity. The presenters will utilize their experience with Inquiry & Design and Experiential /Adventure Education to model activities, strategies and classroom structures to engage learners in thoughtful, meaningful work. — Workshop Description for YAL 2010