Teaching and Testimony: Rigoberta Menchu and the North American Classroom

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Allen Carey-Webb, Stephen Benz
SUNY Press - Education - 391 pages
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By utilizing the testimonial narrative of Rigoberta Menchú—a Mayan-Quiché of Guatemala and winner of the 1992 Nobel Peace Prize—teachers in this volume engage students in vital and relevant cross-cultural learning in a variety of locations, disciplines, and levels. Teaching and Testimony tells teachers’ stories of using Menchu’s testimonial in their classrooms, and invites reflection on the transformative possibility of integrating previously marginalized voices. Energized by the teaching of Menchu’s testimonial narrative, I, Rigoberta Menchú, these teachers let their guard down, wrestle with the immediate difficulties and possibilities of multicultural teaching, and speak with passion about the importance of what they and their students are learning.
 

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Contents

Transformative Voices
3
Culture Shock and I Rigoberta Menchii
19
From Peasant to National Symbol
29
Why Dinesh DSouza Has It in for Rigoberta Menchu
47
Autoethnography and
57
Creating a Context for Rigoberta Menchu
73
The Testimonial of Rigoberta Menchu in a Native Tradition
81
Approaching I Rigoberta
91
Teaching Critical Reading with
237
Rigoberta Menchu in a Class
247
Rigoberta Menchus Testimony as Required FirstYear Reading
261
An Ethics of Reading
271
Twains Connecticut
279
Modes of Testimony and Teaching
287
Rigoberta Menchu and Latin American Cultural History
301
A Computer
313

A High School Unit
105
The Testimony of Rigoberta Menchu in the Foreign
113
Encountering
149
Worlding Students
163
Teaching Rigoberta Menchus Text
175
Empowering ESL Students
185
Testimonial Dictionary to the Reading of Me Ilamo Rigoberta
205
Culture and Education
331
Teaching Materials for I Rigoberta Menchu
353
Guatemalan ResourcesActivism
359
Contributors
361
Index
381
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Allen Carey-Webb is Assistant Professor of English Education at Western Michigan University.

Stephen Benz is Assistant Professor of English at Barry University. He is the author of Guatemalan Journey, an account of his two years as a Fulbright Scholar in Guatemala.

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