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SB ELA 5 Activity 1.10 Legal Alien

Pat Mora
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Lindsey Cruz

on 29 September 2013

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Transcript of SB ELA 5 Activity 1.10 Legal Alien

Illegal Alien

Pat (Patricia) Mora
Big and....
... small
Pat Mora was born in El Paso, Texas
About the Author
She was raised speaking mostly Spanish
Received her B.A from Texas Western College in 1963, M.A from University of Texas in 1967
Before writing, Mora was a teacher and had a radio show called "Voices: The Mexican-American in Perspective"
Pat (Patricia) Mora
Legal Alien
Known primarily for her poetry and childrens books
Legal Alien tells of the struggle that many Mexican-Americans have fitting in when it comes to either culture
Noteworthy Notes
The title itself gives readers the idea that even though the person in question in the poem is "legal", he/she still feels alienated by both cultures
Almost everyone can relate to the idea of not exactly fitting in and of having to change ones manner and way of speaking depending on who's presence one is in
One of the reasons this poem is so appealing is...
"an American to Mexicans
a Mexican to Americans"
Chants Poetry Collection
Published in 1984
Narrator: A "legal" Mexican- American
Mora also wrote another poem called Illegal Alien, the two go hand in hand
able to slip from "How's life?"
to "Me'stan volviendo loca,"
Which means: They are driving me crazy
Legal Alien
Bi-lingual, Bi-cultural,
able to slip from "How's life?"
to "Me'stan volviendo loca,"
able to sit in a paneled office
drafting memos in smooth English,
able to order in fluent Spanish
at a Mexican restaurant,
American but hyphenated,
viewed by Anglos as perhaps exotic,
perhaps inferior, definitely different,
viewed by Mexicans as alien,
(their eyes say, "You may speak
Spanish but you're not like me")
an American to Mexicans
a Mexican to Americans
a handy token
sliding back and forth
between the fringes of both worlds
by smiling
by masking the discomfort
of being pre-judged
Bi-laterally
Legal Alien
Highlight diction that shows us the speaker's identities.

**Identity shows us who or what a person is.


Have you ever felt this way?
Under the word "Aliens" in the title, answer the following questions:
1. Who is the intended audience? (Who do you think Pat Mora was talking to when she wrote this poem)

2. What is the author's purpose? (What was her reason for writing this poem? What did she want to accomplish?)

3. What is the tone of this poem?
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