Gonzalez, L. M. (1994). The bossy gallito: El gallo de bodas: A traditional Cuban folk tale. New York: Scholastic.
This teacher uses cooperative learning groups to advantage in her classroom. The primary problem she finds with her students is the difficulty some have of being quiet during a lesson or with seat work. Some of the children will try to explain the concept to others before the instructor has finished. This can be a strength when lessons are given in English and the more proficient students are able and willing to assist the less fluent English speakers with understanding the concept, but it is also a distraction to other students during the teaching of the lesson by the teacher.
This tale is based on a pre-Columbian Aztec myth. In it the god of wind, Quetzalcoatl, and the sky god, Tezcatlipoca, meet to discuss the silence of the world. Tezcatlipoca, the sky god, convinces Quetzalcoatl, the god of wind, that the world is too quiet and needs music. So Tezcatlipoca sends Quetzalcoatl to the House of the Sun to bring back the best of the musicians and singers. After many adventures the god of wind, Quetzalcoatl, returns with music makers to fill the forests, valleys, and deserts with beautiful music. This book could be used as the introduction to a lesson on different types of music or as part of a history lesson on the Aztec.
Students living within the Hispanic cultural tradition have a great strength in the support they are able to garner from the group. Peer to peer learning is often the method of choice with these children. The barrier of language between the student and parent and the school can be surmounted with effort. The rich traditional folklore can be an addition to any classroom and can be beneficial to all students. The attitudes of respect and kindness shown by most Hispanic students would be well emulated by everyone.
Ober, H. (1994). How music came to the world. Boston: Houghton Mifflin.
Baldauf, S. (1997)