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Reaching Out
by Francisco Jiménez


YAL Presenter Unit 2010/2011

Subjects: English
Grade Level: 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Posted: 2010
Unit Created by: Maria Garcia and Eduardo Salas

What makes this a good YAL choice...

Reaching Out is a story of desperate struggle, persistence, and success. In his third autobiographical novel, Francisco Jimenez tells the stories of his daunting challenges as a university student. As the first in his Mexican American migrant family to attend college, he faces severe financial problems, struggles with guilt about leaving his family, and grapples with self-doubt about his academic ability. He also finds friends, kindness, and a new intellectual world. The book ends as he starts graduate school at Columbia University. Jimenez is truly inspirational for all of us, but most especially for aspiring first generation students — Christine Johnson


YAL Conference Workshop Description
Reaching Out/Mas Alla de Mi: Exploring Personal Narrative, Academic Writing, and Current Events through the Arts
Maria Garcia and Eduardo Salas, Presenters

In the final installment of his acclaimed autobiographical novels (sequel to The Circuit and Breaking Through), Francisco Jimenez uses a simple and moving voice to chronicle the story of his departure from his migrant worker family and the challenges and triumphs of his life as a university student in the 1960s. This interactive workshop will use arts integration techniques to explore the themes of the novel, techniques for personal narrative writing, and a discussion of current issues of immigration that affect many of our students. — Workshop Description for YAL 2010

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