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And the Earth Did Not Devour Him

A closer look at the underpinnings of a wonderful book by Tomas Rivera. Definitions of Superstitions, Folklore, Morals, and Rituals are described to highlight passages from the text. The Prezi includes two writing activities and a short biography.

Victoria Pool

on 17 June 2013

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Transcript of And the Earth Did Not Devour Him

Journal Write:
...And the Earth Did Not Devour Him
by: Tomas Rivera

"What his mother never knew was that ever night he would drink the glass of water that she left under the bed for spirits." p.2
rough draft
Where I am From...
Dorothea Lange, Pinal County, Arizona. Mexican Boy Age 13, Coming in from Cotton Field at Noon (1940), courtesy of the U.S. National Archives & Records Administration [CTL#NWDNS-83-G-41839].
Recall a superstition or Folklore that someone shared with you as a child. What was it? Did you believe it? Do you still believe it? (brief paragraph)
"All you have to do is start praying when you see the balls of fire. After each prayer you tie a knot." p. 60
7 knots 7 prayers for protection
a belief or notion, not based on reason or knowledge, in or of the ominous significance of a particular thing, circumstance, occurrence, proceeding, or the like
the traditional beliefs, legends, customs, etc., of a people; lore of a people
of, pertaining to, or concerned with the principles or rules of right conduct or the distinction between right and wrong
Examples from Text...
About The Author...

Roles: Recorder, Artist, Editor

1. Groups
2. Choose a folklore, moral, or superstition.
3. Choose an image to represent your "lore" and draw it out.
4. Tittle your image
5. Write a short story, anecdote, poem, or a script to describe your "lore".
6. Present to the class.
7. You may submit your answers on weebly.
final draft
Tomás Rivera Scholar, Author, Poet,
1935 - 1984
"After the Rain"
an established or prescribed procedure for a religious or other rite.
Religious superstition
"People find their refuge not only in the Church or with their brothers but also by sitting in a circle, listening, telling stories and through words, escaping to other worlds as well as inventing them."

-Tomas Rivera, Journal of Chicano Research
Born Crystal City, Texas
family effort farming practices
exploited, cruel conditions, substandard housing
parents emphasis on education
fluency in English and spanish
BS, MA, P.H. D
"Rivera preserved his own past in his stories. At the same time, he preserved the past of other migrant farm workers."- Juan Bruce-Novoa
(Lesson Enhancement Activity)
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