Informational texts and short stories to accompany Enrique's Journey by Sonia Nazario
Enrique's Journey tells the real-life account of how 17-year-old Enrique left Honduras in search of his mother, who had left him and his siblings 12 years earlier in search of work in the United States. Journalist Sonia Nazario retraced Enrique's dramatic journey across Central America and puts a face on the immigration debate in the United States. First published in the Los Angeles Times, the newspaper series won two Pulitzer Prizes for its writing and photography.
Additional Reading Practice
- Naomi Shihab Nye and the Power of Stories (Grades 6-8; CCSS.CCRA.R.5)
- TED Talk: The Key To Success? Grit (Grades 9-10; CCSS.CCRA.R.8)
- Honduran Entrepreneur Helps Central American Immigrants Gain Legal Status in Mexico (Grades 11-12; CCSS.CCRA.R.5)
Applied Reading and Writing Lessons
- Multiday Short Memoir: Bridges (Grade 9; CCSS.RL.9-10.2; CCSS.W.9-10.1)
- A Wagner Matinée (Grade 10; CCSS.RL.9-10.2; CCSS.W.9-10.1)
- Homeward Bound (Grade 11; CCSS.CCRA.R.2; CCSS.W.11-12.1)
- The Stories That Bind Us (Grade 11; CCSS.RI.11-12.2; CCSS.W.11-12.1)
- Multiday Informational Text: excerpt from "Notes of A Native Son" (Grade 12; CCSS.RI.11-12.2; CCSS.W.11-12.1)
Differentiated Lesson Sets for Grades 4-12
- Family History: How do family history and traditions contribute to your identity?
- Family and Influence: How do our families help shape the people we become?
- Cultural Memoirs: How does culture help shape the people we become?
- Immigration Through Ellis Island: Use this social studies set for cross-curricular connections across geographic areas and time periods. Students consider the question: How did individuals’ experiences at Ellis Island both affect their lives and reflect the changes taking place in the United States at the time?