"The Latin Deli: An Ars Poetica" - Vocabulary
Updated: 4/27/2017
"The Latin Deli: An Ars Poetica" - Vocabulary
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The Latin Deli: An Ars Poetica by Judith Ortiz Cofer

Lesson Plans by Rebecca Ray

Judith Ortiz Cofer is known for incorporating her experiences as a Puerto Rican American into her writing, and "The Latin Deli: An Ars Poetica" is no different. Centered around a Latin market, the reader learns about different foods and cultural items that unite the diverse customers who visit the deli, and their common experiences as immigrants. Cofer weaves Spanish vocabulary seamlessly into the English lines, drawing the reader into the language that is central to the deli’s existence.




The Latin Deli An Ars Poetica

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Judith Ortiz Cofer - The Latin Deli Poem

Storyboard Text

  • JAMÓN Y QUESO
  • FORMICA COUNTER
  • Today's Menu: Vocabulary
  • PLANTAINS
  • Ham and cheese sandwiches
  • A synthetic counter-top popular for most of the 20th century.
  • A popular fruit found in South America, similar to a banana.
  • DÓLARES
  • "THE LATIN DELI: AN ARS POETICA" VOCABULARY
  • SUSPIROS O MERENGUES
  • The term for money (usually American dollars) in Spanish
  • Literally, "sighs of meringue", these are an airy, cookie-like confectionery.

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