And Discrimination In The Book Rain Of Gold, By Victor Villaseñor

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For our Multicultural Curriculum Project, we will be working with the book, Rain of Gold. Over a three-week span we will be working with 9-12 grade high school students, ages raging from 14-18. The book titled, Rain of Gold, written by Victor Villaseñor, tells the story of two different families during the 1910 Mexican Revolution. The author references three generations and their migrations between Mexico and the United States. It represents a detailed account of life in Mexico and California during the early 1900s. The book is based upon many hours of interviews he had with his parents and relatives. It mostly takes place in the Inland Empire; Corona, Hemet, Lake Elsinore and Temecula are among the settings of the 552 page book. Villasenor begins the story with a strong focus on Lupe Gomez, who is six years old, and her family. She grows up in a quiet village in north central Mexico. …show more content…
Sonia Nieto explains racism and discrimination through her paper titled, “Racism, Discrimination, and Expectations of Students’ Achievement”. Nieto goes on to explain, “Racism and other forms of discrimination are based on the perception that one ethnic group, class, gender, or language is superior to all other” (Canestrari & Marlowe 2013, p. p.53). Using Rain of Gold will allow us to teach racism and discrimination to young high school students. Whether we like it or not discrimination is among us. Nieto states, “Our society, among many others, categorizes people according to both visible and invisible traits, uses such classifications to deduce fixed behavioral and mental traits and then applies policies and practices that jeopardize some and benefit others” (Canestrari & Marlowe 2013, p.42). Many times the reason we discriminate against other people has nothing to do with visible traits. Simply being from a different country or having a different form of income is enough to result in

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