Balada de los dos abuelos

On my website I posted the words to the poem color coded by whose thoughts I take the lines to be.  I cut out all of the lines by color and backed them with matching scrapbook paper.  At the top of a piece of poster board, I put a picture representing the black grandfather, a picture representing the conquistador grandfather, and a picture of Guillen.  I attached the lines of the poem in order to the posterboard in the appropriate space for each person.  If you disagree with my choice of colors for the different thoughts, please feel free to change them to suit your own classroom!  It was a couple of hours work but I enlisted the family to help with cutting, glittering (I’m not sure you can see it but its there!), and sticking!  I also found a youtube video with some pictures that I am going to show after we have read the poem and discussed.  It has some good pictures to represent the poem but weird choice of music! 😉

Author: senoracmt

I began teaching Spanish in Illinois in 1994. I have taught levels 1-4 in a small rural high school, 8th grade introductory Spanish, Biology 1, and 101 and 102 at the community college level. My Spanish classes are partnered with the community college to offer students 8 semester hours of dual credit on completion of Spanish 4. In 2011 I met Carol Gaab and Kristy Placido and have since co-authored the book "La hija del sastre" with Carol Gaab and authored the novels "La Calaca Alegre", "Bianca Nieves y los 7 toritos." "Vector," "48 horas" and "Bananas" through Fluency Matters. In 2006 I became National Board certified and I have been serving as a mentor both for candidates seeking certification in world languages other than English and a virtual mentor for candidates in all certificate areas. I completed my Masters degree in Spanish education in 2011 and did my research on the use of Understanding by Design to create meaningful cultural units for the language classroom. I am a frequent presenter on this topic, please consider me if you are interested in a workshop on backward design. In 2013 I was named the ICTFL Foreign Language teacher of the year and in 2014 I was selected as CSCTFL's teacher of the year. In November of 2014 I was lucky enough to be one of the five finalists for the ACTFL National Teacher of the Year in San Antonio, TX. What a "Cinderella" experience! You can reach me via email at senoracmt at

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