Objective: Chapter I - The Pachuco and Other Extremes. The pachuco is one extreme upon which the Mexican can arrive, particularly the Mexican living in the United States. The pachuco struggles with his origin, and who he is; and Paz finds it a fitting place to begin his reflection on the Mexican mindset. This lesson plan examines the character of the pachuco, especially as a representative of Mexican culture.
1. Examining the Text. Find the key characteristics of the pachuco: Clothing, living space, attitude, family ties, spiritual condition, etc. Mark them in your book for easy reference.
2. Small Group Discussion. What does the word, "pachuco", mean? How does it fit the characteristics that are described? What novelty did the pachuco introduce into his life? How was that person both deceptive and revealing?
3. Class Discussion. Why did Paz choose that person to begin the book? How did that person...
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