Here is a beginning Spanish lesson for the book Cuadros de familia by Carmen Lomas Garza. Cuadros de familia / Family Pictures is a bilingual book that tells anecdotal stories from the life of the author. Each story relates to a painting created by Garza herself where she tells family life events when she grew up in Texas; for example, making Mexican tamales and having a birthday celebration with piñatas. Everything is closely associated with her Mexican culture.
This book is nice to use in the classroom because it has many short stories describing what’s happening in the illustration. Ideal to use in a class with students that have Hispanic heritage. Since the painting of Cuadros de familia / Family Pictures are so detailed, it can also be used to start conversations and/or writings in Spanish about each one.
Here is a Spanish lesson example based on this book that gives more ideas on how to present this story to the classroom.
Cuadros de Familia Teacher’s Guide
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