Life in the Sanctuary Region
Children and Families Share Their Stories
Making Tortillas From Scratch
with Maria Luisa
and Contrasting Language and Culture
Use some or all of these reading activities as you read this bilingual
story about life in the Monarch Sanctuary Region.
1) Pull up just the Spanish version of Maria Luisa's story and share
it as a class.
2) Look closely
at each picture (especially in the tortilla-making sequence)
- What do
you think is happening?
sentence or caption would you write about the picture?
questions do you have?
Can you read any of the Spanish words or sentences? (You can look
some up in a Spanish/English dictionary or translate
Option: After looking at all
the pictures in the story, but not reading the English versions, write
one or more paragraphs that you think describe the process of making
tortillas from corn. Use descriptive words.
to the English version of the page. How does it compare with your ideas
about what was happening? (Note: You can always click back and forth between
English and Spanish.)
think about things you've observed or experienced with cooking and baking
at home and in your community. Use the graphic
organizer to the right (or make a Venn diagram) to show how Maria Luisa's
life compares with yours. You could compare these types of things:
and baking tools
- ways of
obtaining basic foods
of flour used and eaten
- time a
family spends preparing food
you eat that contain corn
- ways a
community works together
or tell a partner about how you would feel if you lived for a while in
Maria Luisa's family.
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