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Friends from the Other Side

Last updated Sunday, October 23, 2005

Author: Gloria E. Anzaldua
Date of Publication:
Grade Level: 5th    (GLCs: Click here for grade level guidelines.)
Date(s) Used: Feb. 2002, Feb. 2001

Synopsis: A story about the friendship between a Mexican-American girl and a Mexican boy who has just arrived in the United States captures the rhythm of daily life on the border between the United States and Mexico.

Discussion topics: To be posted soon ...

Craft ideas:
•  The story appears to stop in the middle. How do you think this story ends? What happens next? Make a booklet, and draw and write an ending.
•  Prietita risked a lot for Joaquin. Have you ever risked something for a friend, or vice-versa? Draw and write about this experience in a booklet.

*Note: These craft ideas are just suggestions. You can use them, but you don't have to use them. You can expand upon them, or add your own twist. Remember, though, that the focus of your time should not be on the development and execution of a craft; the focus should be on the read-aloud and the enjoyment of the book!