by Juanita Havill, illus. by Elivia Savadier. Houghton Mifflin, 1992.
* After reading this book, answer the following questions in complete sentences and reflective thoughts before going on with your invitation.
1. The serape, the pito and the wooden bird cage are treasures handed down through several generations. Do you think most families have any such "treasures"? Why are they important to families?
2. Oral histories can be important in families. Do you think these tales should be written down or just passed on verbally? Give your rationale.
3. Look at the illustrations in the story. Do you notice any difference between when the story focuses on Rita and her grandfather from when the story is about the young girl and her grandmother? Why do you suppose the illustrator took this approach?
* You will be a storyteller sharing Rita's experience. Retell the story as a family historian.
** Use the library to research serapes. From your results, create a serape and prepare a story to share about your serape. (Be creative in creating a serape: you might think about using yarn or colored paper to weave a pattern, a draw or paint program on the computer, or any other medium you choose.)
*** Reconstruct Rita's journey as a documentary. Some possibilities are to use the computer to create a slide show or write a script and videotape your presentation.
This page was developed through GirlTECH '97, a teacher training and student technology council program sponsored by the Center for Research on Parallel Computation (CRPC), a National Science Foundation-funded Science and Technology Center. © July 1998 Judith Peckham http://teachertech.rice.edu/Participants/jpeckham/