Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University

Yum! ¡Mmmm! ¡Que rico! By Pat Mora

Yum! ¡Mmmm! ¡Que Rico!, a 2007-2008 Américas Book Award Winner, by Pat Mora and illustrated by Rafael López (New York: Lee & Low, 2007), features haiku about foods from North, Central, and South America, as well as informative texts about each food’s provenance and cultural significance. With a lexile of 970, the informative texts are suited to middle-school students or higher. The brevity and the sensory imagery of the haiku, along with less complex vocabulary, make them appropriate for grades 2-3. Vivid illustrations provide context clues for higher level vocabulary and a very limited number of words in Spanish.

CURRICULUM UNIT

HOW TO USE THIS IN THE CLASSROOM

This lesson plan is intended to be used along with Yum! ¡Mmmm! ¡Que rico! by Pat Mora, 2007-2008 Américas Book Award Winner. The lesson is designed for grades 2-3. The lesson incorporates reading, language, and writing standards, focusing on haiku and sensory descriptions in literature. The lesson culminates in students writing short poems of their own.

DEVELOPED BY

Erin Lierl
Tulane University

UNITS

General Latin America + People
Nora Lustig
Senior Associate Research Fellow - Director of the CEQ Institute (CEQI) - Samuel Z. Stone Chair of Latin American Economics