Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University

Malaika's Costume by Nadia L. Hohn

Malaika’s Costume, a 2017 Américas Book Award Honorable Mention, by Nadia L. Hohn and illustrated by Irene Luxbacher (Simon and Schuster, 2016), is narrated in the first person by Malaika, a young girl who dreams of being a peacock as carnival time approaches. This is the first year Malaika’s mother will be living far away in Canada, where she has gone seeking work in order to support Malaika and her grandmother. The story is accompanied by richly textured, colorful illustrations by Irene Luxbacher. With a lexile level of 630, this book is appropriate for grade 3.

CURRICULUM UNIT

HOW TO USE THIS IN THE CLASSROOM

This lesson plan is designed to accompany Malaika’s Costume by Nadia L. Hohn. The lesson is appropriate for Grade 3. The lesson is aligned to standards for Grade 3: reading (literature), writing, speaking, listening, and language. The full lesson plan requires 80 minutes, but teachers can tailor the lesson to suit the needs of their classrooms.

DEVELOPED BY

Erin Lierl
Tulane University

UNITS

Caribbean + People
Beverley Trask
Associate Professor - Theatre & Dance