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State Review Panel Nominations for Proclamation 2018

by Tony Diaz - El Librotraficante on 01/05/17

The Division of Instructional Materials needs assistance from teachers and others across the state interested in reviewing instructional materials that are submitted in response to Proclamation 2018. The State Board of Education (SBOE) issued the proclamation at its November 2016 meeting. Proclamation 2018 calls for instructional materials covering ethnic studies including, but not limited to, African American studies, Mexican American studies, Asian American studies, and Native American studies to be used in the course Special Topics in Social Studies.

The materials are scheduled to be reviewed during the summer of 2017, adopted by the SBOE in November 2017, and available for use beginning in the 2018–2019 school year. Nomination forms for those interested in serving on the state review panels for Proclamation 2018 are available on the IMD website.

Please submit nomination forms to TEA by 5:00 p.m. CDT on Friday, March 31, 2017. If you have any questions, please contact us at (512) 463-9601 or

NP Books And Art Pop Up Sales

by Tony Diaz - El Librotraficante on 12/08/16

NP Books And Art

Christmas Popup Sales
Give The Gift of Culture
333 S. Jensen, Houston, TX

Fri Dec 16, 6p-8:30pm
Juan Tejeda, Aztlan Libre Press, Aztec Poetry & Music Presentation.
Free tamales. Free admission.

Sat Dec 17, 2pm -3pm
Origami workshop for up to 15 kids wt 16 yr old origami expert Antonio.
Call or email to save your spot:
(713) 867-8943

Tues Dec 20
Free Christmas Workshop for teachers on how to use Latino Lit in the classroom. Limited to 20 participants. Free with purchase of HECHO EN TEJAS: The Anthology of Texas Mexican Literature.

Call or email to save your spot:
(713) 867-8943

Nuestra Palabra Books and Art, home of Pancho Claus, at Talento Bilingue de Houston 333. S. Jensen, Houston, Texas 77023

MLA Quiz

by Tony Diaz - El Librotraficante on 11/30/16

Turn in completed worksheets at the front of the class:

Take the MLA Quiz:

On a separate sheet of paper, write the below website into the correct format for a works cited page. Start from scratch. Use the “cheat sheet” located at the LSC NH Library website:

Loner list of resources and MLA Guides:

Here is a link to a research paper with a correctly formatted works cited page to use as a guide:


Here is the quotation:

“A high school ethnic studies course examining the roles of race, nationality and culture on identity and experience boosted attendance and academic performance of students at risk of dropping out, a new study by scholars at Stanford Graduate School of Education (GSE) found.”

Here is the link to the webpage where the quotation above is published.

Read the essay:

Texas GOP platform would discourage multiculturalism

For the Final Exam you will write an analysis of an essay. You will complete this in class.

Here are some links to guides for the Final Exam:

Requirements for an analysis

10 Tips for The Analysis Assignment

An Example of an Analysis

Vocab Terms

Work sheets

by Tony Diaz - El Librotraficante on 11/28/16

For 20 points of your homework grade, complete the following 2 assignments. Bring the completed hard copies to class:

1. Fill out the Pre-op page. You do not need to complete the portion with the 20 questions. However, you must complete all of the other questions. The link is next to this blog.

2. Fill out the blank copy of the Oral Presentation Chart. Use the Oral Presentation guide to help you. The links are next to this blog.

Journal entry homework: Write 250 - 400 words, or more, explaining why you are coming to college. Add details such as what time you wake up in the morning. Add details like how many hours you work. Explain exactly what you tell yourself to wake up when that alarm clock rings, or to stay awake to finish a reading assignment or other homework.

Re-read the example of a Research Paper. A link is provided next to this blog.


Donate to Publish a Great Mexican American Studies Textbook

by Tony Diaz - El Librotraficante on 11/23/16

Thankful for our wonderful supporters on whose shoulders we stand on. I have to thank Maqui Mendez who is the first person to donate to our campaign to publish a great textbook.

Right away, Maqui pledged a check via mail. I have to tell you a little about her. She is the mom of Ben Mendez who started NHPO National. But she also drove in one of the buses from Houston to Austin to support us as we testified against the racist textbook. Here is a picture of her on the bus sharing her story of how Mexican Americans used to be treated in Texas. With Wisdom, tenacity, and vision like hers on our side, we shall never lose. Thank you to her and all others who paved the way.

Also, thanks to our other first donors:

First donor to the textbook fund:
Maqui Mendez via check.

First Donor to the textbook fund via Indiegogo:
Daniel McFatter

First Donor to the textbook fund via Paypal:
Debra Palacios, Houston, $50