Teaching Efrén Divided

Teaching Efrén Divided

Efrén Divided

Efrén Divided is an OwnVoices debut middle-grade novel about family, friendship, and tearing down the walls being built between all of us.

Efrén Nava’s Amá is his Superwoman—or Soperwoman, named after the delicious Mexican sopes his mother often prepares. Both Amá and Apá work hard all day to provide for the family, making sure Efrén and his younger siblings Max and Mía feel safe and loved.
But Efrén worries about his parents; although he’s American-born, his parents are undocumented. His worst nightmare comes true one day when Amá doesn’t return from work and is deported across the border to Tijuana, México.

Now more than ever, Efrén must channel his inner Soperboy to help take care of and try to reunite his family.

Teaching Efrén Divided

Teaching Efrén Divided provides a mix of background resources for educators and teaching ideas that are grounded in Re-Imagining Migration's research-based approach. The guide beings with a discussion with psychologist and immigration scholar Carola Suárez-Orozco about exploring issues related to immigration in the classroom with students and an author's note from Ernesto Cisneros. Part two of the guide is rich with activities for teaching and learning, including pre and post-reading lessons and activities, essential and guiding questions, as well as prompts for reflection that classroom teachers, librarians, and others can use structure lessons, book groups, and discussion about the themes of belonging, identity, migration, friendship, and responsibility that are explored throughout the text.


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