Traditional Peruvian and Chilean Arpilleras are brightly-colored patchwork pictures stitched onto cloth. Arpilleras typically portray rural life in the Andes mountains. A number of important aspects of Peruvian culture can be seen in these pieces of art: geography and environment, natural resources (produce, gold, silver), animals (llamas, alpacas, vicuñas, burros), exports, way of life (celebrations, clothing, dance, etc). Students tried their own paper versions and wrote about them in Spanish!
After making a paper version, students were interested in making a cloth one as a class:
ASK ME ABOUT: What did you include in your arpillera? How does the arpillera demonstrate traditional ways of living in the Andes mountains?
Welcome Señora Sofia!
Students had many good questions about Peru that we felt would be best answered by someone who lived and grew up there. Inviting experts into the classroom is an essential part of the inquiry process, and the students were eager to develop and refine their questions. In preparation for Sra. Sofia's visit, we talked about the different 'types' of questions we could ask her.
SHALLOW vs DEEP questions
Students quickly realized that we should be asking more deep questions from our expert visitor, as the shallow questions could easily be answered with a quick Google search.
ASK ME ABOUT: What is an example of a DEEP question someone asked (or could have asked) Sra. Sofia about Peru? What is something we learned from Sra. Sofia's visit?
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