The Scholarship Jacket

By:  Marta Salinas

 

Before Reading:

Spiral Entry: 

Connect to Literature

What is prejudice?

Write about any prejudices you have experienced, know about, or read about.  Be specific.

 

Build Background

Hispanic Americans are an important segment of the US population.  Many have family ties to Mexico, Puerto Rico, Cuba, or the Spanish-speaking countries of Central America. (See Map)  Others are members of families that have lived in the United States for hundreds of years.

 

The more than 27 million Hispanic Americans have made many contributions to American history and culture.  “The Scholarship Jacket” is about a Mexican American girl who lives in Texas.  The story tells how she deals with the possibility of losing an award she deserves.

 

Vocabulary

Agile                               falsify                           resign

Coincidence                    fidget                            valedictorian

Despair                           gaunt                             vile

Dismay                           muster

 

Preview:

Titles, pictures, vocabulary, first paragraph

Predict:

 

 

 

 

Purpose for Reading:  As you read, jot down details that remind you of your own life.

 

 

 

 

 

DURING READING:  Reading Strategies for “The Scholarship Jacket”

Section #1:  279          MODEL

Strategy

Text

Make Connections

1.       CMS is a small school

2.       CMS has traditions too

  1. Centreville sports cost a lot too.
  2. I’ve had spring fever too.
  3. Middle Schoolers tend to get down on themselves
  4. CMS students dress out too.

Ask Questions

3.       Was she competing with her sister?

4.       How can a parent give up a child?

10. Why would Grandma continue to say no?

Visualize

3.  I can picture the jacket

 

Section #2:  279 (last paragraph) to 282 (Large T)  PARTNER

Strategy

Text

Make Connections

 

 

 

 

Ask Questions

 

 

 

 

Visualize

 

 

 

 

Section #3:  282 (Large T)-End INDIVIDUAL

Strategy

Text

Make Connections

 

 

 

 

Ask Questions

 

 

 

 

Visualize

 

 

 

 

 

AFTER READING: The Scholarship Jacket Selection Quiz

 

The Scholarship Jacket

Second Reading Focus:  Theme

 

Topic

Self-esteem

What characters do and say

-Sister won jacket so she wants to

-Parents gave her up to her grandparents

-Couldn’t play sports; no money; can’t get sports jacket

-Doesn’t like the way she looks

Theme Statement

Unfortunate circumstances can lower self-esteem.

Explain the theme of this section.

The author is telling the reader about self-esteem.  Martha desperately wants the scholarship jacket because her sister got it and she has no hope of ever getting the sports jacket.  She comes from a very poor family.  Because of this she was given up to her grandparents to raise her and they have no money to pay for sports.  On top of that she is depressed about the way she looks.  All of these things affect her self-esteem.  Therefore, the theme of this section is that unfortunate circumstances can lower one’s self-esteem.

 

Section: 279 last paragraph to 281 bottom of first column

Topic

Prejudice

What characters do and say

 

Theme Statement

Prejudice can cause someone to act unfairly toward someone else.

Explain the theme of this section.

 

 

 

 

 

Section:  281 Bottom of first column to 282 the Big T

Topic

Principles

What characters do and say

 

Theme Statement

Sometimes sacrifices have to be made to hold on to principles

Explain the theme of this section.

 

 

 

 

 

Section:  The Big T to the End

Topic

Justice

What characters do and say

 

Theme Statement

Justice can be achieved when principles overcome prejudice.

Explain the theme of this section.