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The Queen of Water

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The Queen of Water - Laura Resau; María Virginia Farinango
An ALA Amelia Bloomer Selection
An ALA-YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults Book

Born in an Andean village in Ecuador, Virginia lives with her large family in a small, earthen-walled dwelling. In her village of indígenas, it is not uncommon to work in the fields all day, even as a child, or to be called a longa tonta -stupid Indian- by members of the ruling class of mestizos, or Spanish descendants. When seven-year-old Virginia is taken from her village to be a servant to a mestizo couple, she has no idea what the future holds.


Teacher Toolkit for The Queen of Water

Welcome to Primary Source's teacher toolkit for the novel The Queen of Water by Laura Resau and María Virginia Farinango. We hope the materials here enhance your reading of the text and provide you with ideas for using it in the classroom. Our toolkit includes a multimedia resource guide that recommends fiction, nonfiction, films, primary sources, and other online resources to support the novel's content; a set of classroom-ready discussion questions on the novel's main themes; reading and writing activities that support the development of Common Core reading and writing skills; and a vocabulary list created by Click the tabs above to navigate through this toolkit.

The Queen of Water touches on many significant global topics, including the treatment of indigenous peoples, educational access, child servitude, race, culture, and identity formation. The novel could be used in both social studies and literature courses that pertain to Latin American history, social justice, and cultural studies.

About the Book & Authors


Global Read:
The Queen of Water

Join us November 28th, 2012, from 3:00-4:00 p.m. EST for a live chat with author Laura Resau.


Support Provided By...

Thank you to Springshare for their sponsorship of Primary Source's 2012 Global Read The Queen of Water. This teacher toolkit is made possible by their generous support.


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