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Life in the Sanctuary Region
Children and Families Share Their Stories

Welcome to the Market in Angangueo!

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. Show students the photo gallery, then pull up just the Spanish text of the story and share it as a class.

2. Look closely at each picture.

  • What do you notice. Is anything familiar?
  • 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 market in Angangueo and what's sold there. Use descriptive words.

3. Click to the English version of the page. How does it compare with your ideas about what was happening?

4. Finally, think about the types of food your family buys and how you buy it. Use the graphic organizer to the right or make a Venn diagram to show how your experiences compare with those of people in Angangueo. You could compare these types of things:
  • where you shop for food
  • types of food you buy
  • how food is packaged or displayed
  • who shops for food
  • time spent shopping for food
  • who sells the food you buy

5) Write or tell a partner about how you would feel if your family shopped for food as people do in Angangueo. What might you like and dislike about it?

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.