Get to know Laura Esquivel, the author of Like Water for Chocolate

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By- Angela Padrón

Laura Esquivel is a Latina author who was born in Mexico City, Mexico on September 30, 1950. Esquivel studied education with an interest in children’s theater. During the 1970s and 1980s, she worked as a kindergarten teacher. During this time, she wrote plays for her students as well as short stories and content for children’s television programs. Screenwriting classes with actor/director Alfonso Arau further awakened Esquivel’s writing abilities. Arau was known for creating comical villains in movies such as Romancing the Stone and The Three Amigos. Arau and Esquivel would later marry and team up to write and direct Chido Guan, el tacos de oro, which won the Ariel award in 1985.

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Resoluciones de año nuevo para educadores

Por-Evelyn Silva

En la cultura popular, es una práctica común que las personas se tracen metas que van a intentar cumplir durante el año que está por comenzar. Sin dudas, habrá escuchado hacer resoluciones como: “voy a ponerme a dieta este año” o “me propongo hacer más ejercicios”, entre otras. Lo curioso es que los educadores siempre que comenzamos un año escolar, en agosto o septiembre, tenemos múltiples resoluciones. Sin embargo, cuando entramos de lleno en la escuela y sus obligaciones, vamos descuidando ese impulso avasallador y repleto de energías con el que comenzamos el año escolar.

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It’s Christmas Time!

By- Angela Padrón

When most people today think of Christmas, symbols like trees, candy canes, gifts, lights, and Santa Claus are usually the first things to come to mind. However, the true purpose behind Christmas is to commemorate the birth of Jesus Christ. Although the Bible doesn’t give a specific date for Christ’s birth, December 25th ultimately came to be the designated date to celebrate it. It was not until 1870 that this date was recognized as a federal holiday in the U.S., however.

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Thanksgiving Day

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By- Angela Padrón

In the early 1600s, the Pilgrims sailed to New England to begin colonies in the New World. However, the extremely cold winters, combined with malnutrition, illness, and the lack of knowledge of the land and how to cultivate it, caused almost half of the settlers to die. Those that remained befriended the Native Americans, including Squanto from the Pawtuxet tribe. Squanto taught the settlers how to plant corn, extract sap from maple trees, catch fish, and distinguish between poisonous plants and safe ones. The Pilgrims also befriended the Wampanoag Native Americans, with whom they shared a feast organized in 1621 by Governor William Bradford to celebrate the Pilgrims’ planting of a successful corn harvest. The celebration lasted for three days.

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Important Male Hispanics in History

Roberto Clemente

From mid-September to mid-October, people celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month by studying the impact Hispanics have had throughout history. Whether male or female, whether in sports, politics, the arts, or entertainment, Hispanics have had a strong impact on events, legislation, and culture. Here is a list of five male Hispanics who have greatly influenced the U.S. and the world:

 
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Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration

Old Spanish Fort at Saint Augustine, Florida, 1880s. (Photo by Kean Collection/Getty Images)
Old Spanish Fort at Saint Augustine, Florida, 1880s. (Photo by Kean Collection/Getty Images)

Americans celebrate Hispanic Heritage month between September 15th and October 15th every year. This is a time to recognize the contributions of Hispanics to our world’s culture and history as well as to celebrate their lively culture and beautiful language.

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Meet and Greet

Meet and Greets are an important event of any school year. A few days before the first day of school, students and their parents come to meet their new teacher. They also want to take a peek into the classroom and drop off school supplies and donations. Teachers not only have an opportunity to connect a name on paper to a face, but to make a good first impression.

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