Michael M. Guevara

Hispanic Heritage Month: Three per cent no es Fabuloso

Hispanic Heritage Month: Three per cent no es Fabuloso

In my first period class of sophomores at a high school on the Southwest side of San Antonio, I had one White student, one Muslim student, and the rest were Hispanic, Latinx, Mexican.

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Hispanic Heritage Month: Speaking and Scribbling in Spanish

Hispanic Heritage Month: Speaking and Scribbling in Spanish

When my mother was going to school in the panhandle of Texas, she and her friends were punished if they spoke Spanish in school. When my brothers and I were growing up, my parents spoke English to us in the home so we would be successful in school.

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Hispanic Heritage Month: A Quinceañera Para Todos

Hispanic Heritage Month: A Quinceañera Para Todos

Growing up with three brothers and not Catholic, quinceañeras weren’t really a thing we did. But when Yvette Guerrero turned 15 and Betty Espinosa asked me to stand up with her in the quince, I had my first real experience with the hoopla that is the quinceañera.

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Hispanic Heritage Month: Something Not to Miss

Hispanic Heritage Month: Something Not to Miss

Driving into El Paso, Texas, at night on I-10W remains a glorious sight to behold. 

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Truth and Tears at the School Book Fair

Truth and Tears at the School Book Fair

Back when I was a whippersnapper wearing dungarees and walking to school and back in the snow uphill both ways, nothing beat the school book fair. When I was the K-12 English Language Arts and Reading coordinator in a small southside district in San Antonio, there was still nothing that beat the school book fair.

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Summer Adventure Mini Lesson: Not in Kansas Anymore

Summer Adventure Mini Lesson: Not in Kansas Anymore

For his first two years of college, I drove my youngest son back and forth from San Antonio, Texas, to the University of Kansas. I drove him up for the start of each semester, picked him up and drove him back at Christmas break, and carted him home at the end of the school year.

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Summer Adventure Mini Lesson: You Have a Photo—and a Story

Summer Adventure Mini Lesson: You Have a Photo—and a Story

Every time I open up Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter, I’m given the option to post to stories or urged to open the stories of others. Pictures that tell stories, what a concept—that’s only been around since FOREVER. Long before we are able to string letters together to make words and words together to make...

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Summer Adventure Mini Lesson: Food for Thought

Summer Adventure Mini Lesson: Food for Thought

In Texas, we love our air conditioning. We are a little spoiled with it and have been known to crank it up starting in early March.

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Summer Adventure Mini Lesson: Character Plot Twist

Summer Adventure Mini Lesson: Character Plot Twist

In Girls Save the World in This One, by Ash Parsons, June Blue and her friends find themselves trying to survive an actual zombie invasion while at a fan con for their favorite zombie television show Human Wasteland.

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Summer Road Reads

Summer Road Reads

I recently moved into a new house—so recently that some things are still in boxes. Two months after a move is still an acceptable time for items to remain in boxes, right? As I was unpacking, I came across those family photos you always intend to put into an album or scrapbook but never get around to.

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