Daily Lessons for Teaching Buried Onions

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Lesson 1 (from Chapter 1)


Buried Onions is a novel by Mexican-American author Gary Soto. In the novel, Eddie, a young Mexican-American, fights to make something of himself in Fresno, California. Reeling from the death of his father, his best friend, and his cousin, he must wage a constant battle against negative community influences. In this lesson, students are introduced to the book and will research and discuss author and poet Gary Soto.


Teacher Lecture: Introduce students to the book and author. Buried Onions, published in 2003, is a bildungsroman, or coming-of-age novel, about protagonist Eddie as he fights the odds of living in a derelict barrio in Fresno, California.

Research Activity: Allow students time in class to conduct research on author Gary Soto and the literary genre of bildungsroman. What biographical elements are often used in Soto’s works? In what genre does the author typically write?

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