Alma Flor Ada Part Two

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Alma Flor Ada Part Two


Materials:*Gathering the Sun (1997)*Index Cards*Coloring Supplies (crayons, markers, colored pencils)

Extension Activity :Gathering the Sun


DigitalAda's Websites’s official website, a wonderful compilation of information on Ada and her work, containing biographic information, photographs, complete lists of works (children’s books, adult books, essays, etc.), photographs, news and upcoming events, activity pages for children, and links to an ordering catalogue and other additional resources.’s informational page at the University of San Francisco, outlines her academic background and research interests and provides a list of selected academic articles. that explaining Ada’s partnership with fellow multicultural children’s author, F. Isabel Campoy. Also contains links to issues of the duo’s newsletter, Smiles and Butterflies. Circulating_Libraries/Alma_Project/Official page for The Alma Project, a Denver-based program that advocates for multicultural curricula from early childhood education to 12th grade and provides resources for bilingual education. to Ada’s Twitter feed. to Ada’s Facebook profile. Video Interviews video interview of Ada and co-author Gabriel Zubizarreta discussing the inspiration behind Georgia Children’s Book Award nominee, Dancing Home series of brief interviews and a short biography. Topics include the bilingual writing process, familial influence, writing goals, and Christopher Award Medal winner, The Golden Coin. Also available in Spanish here interterview conducted at Layola University University. Ada and Isabel Campoy on the notion of literacy leadership. Written Interviews interview on inspiration, book themes, and parenthood. interview discussing Ada’s immigration experience and writing process, as well as her views on the importance of literacy. interview on Ada’s interest in fairytales, work with illustrators, and approach to writing for various age groups.

Sample Card:

Preparation and Procedure Ctd. 3. Distribute a card to each child. Instruct everyone to draw a picture of the word.4. When everyone is done, ask each child to share his or her card, using the provided discussion points to guide the converation.

PrintBooksAda, A.F. (2005). Alma Flor Ada and YOU (Vols. 1-2). Santa Barbara, CA: Libraries Unlimited.Part of The Author and You Series, The first volume discusses Ada's biography, picture books, and desire to foster early interest in writing. The second volume focuses on Ada's poetic, translational, and folkloric works. Also provides suggestions for utilizing her work in the classroom.Ada, A.F., & Zubizarreta, R. (2001). Parent narratives: The cultural bridge between Latino parents and their children. In M. de la Luz Reyes & J. J. Halcón (Eds.). The best for our children: critical perspectives on literacy for Latino students (229-244). New York, NY: Teachers College Press. An article in which Ada and her co-author explore several challenges of bilingual education in relation to parental relationships. Day, F. A. (2003). Latina and Latino voices in literature: Lives and works. Westport, Ct: Greenwood Press. An entire chapter is devoted to Ada, which provides a list of her major works, a breif biogrpahy, summaries of selected works, and svereral examples of extension activities.Parker-Rock, M. (2008). Alma Flor Ada: an author kids love. Berkeley Heights, NJ: Enslow Elementary. A cheery children’s bigoraphy. Also includes Ada’s advice to children who aspire to write. Wolff, M. (2002). In sweet company: conversations with extraordinary women about living a spiritual life. San Diego, CA: Margaret Wolff Unlimited.Features a chapter on Ada discussing her take on spirituality. ArticlesBrodie, C. S. (2003). Alma Flor Ada: Writer, Translator, Storyteller. School Library Monthly, 19(9), 44.A print interview with Ada. Topics of interest include her decision to become a children’s author, favorite childhood books, and changes in the field of multicultural children’s literature. Manna, A. L., Hill, J., & Kellogg, K. (2004). Alma Flor Ada and the quest for change. Language Arts, 82(1), 76.A brief article discussing Ada’s biography and the programming she has developed to foster bilingual literacy skills. Ramirez, P. C. (2013). An interview with Alma Flor Ada. Journal Of Latinos & Education, 12(2), 121-130. A recent print interview with Ada focusing on multicultural pedagogy.

Biography, Notable Awards, and Selected Works

Ada, A. F. (1991). The gold coin. (Bernice Randall, Tran.). New York, NY: Maxwell Macmillan International Publishing Group. Ada, A.F. (1993). The rooster who went to his uncle’s wedding: A Latin American folktale. New York, NY: G.P. Putnam’s Sons. Ada, A.F. (1994). Dear Peter Rabbit. New York, NY: Maxwell Macmillan International Publishing Group. Ada, A.F. (1997). Gathering the sun: An alphabet in Spanish and English. New York, NY: HarperCollins. Ada, A.F. (1998). Under the royal palms: a childhood in Cuba. New York, NY: Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing Division. Ada, A.F. (2013). About Alma Flor Ada. Retrieved from, A.F. (2013) Awards. Retrieved from, A.F. (2013). Biographical information: Something about the author. Retrieved from, A.F. (2013). Curriculum Vitae. Retrieved from, A.F. (2013). Themes, values, festivities. Retrieved from, A.F., & Zubizarreta, G.M. (2011). Dancing home. New York, NY: Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing Division. Campoy, I., & Ada, A.F. (2006). Tales our abuelitas told: A Hispanic folktale collection. New York, NY: Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing Division. Colorín Colorado. (2011). Meet the author: Alma Flor Ada. Retrieved from

Objectives:1. To foster understanding and respect for different cultures, particularly Hispanic. 2. Cultivate bilingual vocabulary skills.

Preparation and Procedure:1. Before story time, print a major Spanish word from the story onto each notecard and its English translation on the back.2. Read the story, emphasizing the pronunciation of the selected words.

Discussion Points*DESCRIBE: What did you draw?*REPEAT: Group repeats the word in Spanish.*EXPLAIN: What does this word mean to you?*CONSIDER: What does this word mean to the people in the book?



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