Nepantla: Making a Space for Discomfort in an Elementary School Classroom

Abby Emerson


This teaching note demonstrates the way in which abstract concepts can be integrated into the elementary school classroom; specifically the work of Gloria Anzaldua into a 5th grade socio-emotional curriculum. The note calls for educators to make space for complexity and feelings of "in the middle" for their students.

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Anzaldúa, G. (2000) Interviews/Entrevistas. New York, NY: Routledge.

Lorde, A. (1984) The master’s tools will never dismantle the master’s house. In A. Lorde (Ed.), Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches (110-114). Berkeley, CA: Crossing Press.



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