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Life in the Sanctuary Region
Children and Families Share Their Stories


Making Tortillas From Scratch
with Maria Luisa

Comparing 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?
  • What sentence or caption would you write about the picture?
  • What questions do you have?

    Option: Can you read any of the Spanish words or sentences? (You can look some up in a Spanish/English dictionary or translate them online.)
    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.

3) Click 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.)

4) Finally, 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:
  • cooking and baking tools
  • ingredients
  • ways of obtaining basic foods
  • common foods
  • types of flour used and eaten
  • time a family spends preparing food
  • things you eat that contain corn
  • ways a community works together

5) Write or tell a partner about how you would feel if you lived for a while in Maria Luisa's family.

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National Geography Standards

Places and Regions
The physical and human characteristics of places.

Human Systems
The characteristics, distributions, and complexity of Earth's cultural mosaics.


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