Some things to consider as you read Crossing the Wire by Will Hobbs
Grant T. Smith, Ph. D.
v Choose one passage in the book where you learned something new about immigration, immigrants, or culture.
v The narrator uses many colloquialisms, idioms, or axioms: Identify as many as you can and “translate” them.
v There are a number of allusions to NAFTA. Do a web-based search of NAFTA. Include in your information:
v Find examples of irony in the book.
Why do Victor
and Rico use Mickey Mouse as their symbol for success in
v Do a web-based search of “Facts and Myths” of current immigration. How can you determine what is true and what is not true? Take the PBS quiz at http://www.pbs.org/independentlens/newamericans/quiz/q02.htm
v List as many Spanish words as you can find in the novel. Define the words. How many of them are now used by many “Americans”? Use the Oxford English Dictionary to confirm your answers.
Do a web-based
search of the hazards of immigration from Latin American countries to the
What are some different
proposals before Congress to resolve the immigration problem? Who sponsors these proposals? What information can you find about the wall
to separate the
v Name at least one Latino in the following areas:
v Victor Flores seems to believe in the American Dream. Define the dream. Is it a myth or a reality today?
Miguel says that
one out of every ten citizens of
v Plot: List the obstacles that Rico and Victor confront.
v Style: What did you think of the author’s style of writing? Find passages that especially impressed you.
v Personal Response: Write a short essay about a time in your life when you worked very hard for a “dream.”
Discussion Question: How is the
illegal immigration from Latin American countries to the
v Theme: What did you learn about the “human condition” from reading Crossing the Wire? In other words, what stayed with you after you finished the novel?
v Characterization: How are Victor and Rico different? Victor and Rico make a sacrifice for their families. How would you convince another reader that both boys are caring and selfless?
How much do you
Who is the
current president of
Name the main
political parties in
ü Tell the story of the Virgin of Guadalupe.
ü What is the Mexican equivalent of the U.S. Independence Day?
ü How many Mexican states can you name?
words have we adopted for use in the
important indigenous peoples from
ü What Mexicans have won a Nobel Prize?
ü What are the major colors in the Mexican flag?
Check out these web sites:
http://www.willhobbsauthor.com/bookspages/crossingthewirepage.html (Will Hobbs Home Page)