Activities and Resources: Finding the Music

Prompts for discussion and writing (Click to enlarge or download).

Finding the Music Prompts


Mariachi coloring page (Click to enlarge or download).mariachi coloring


Write a personal narrative
This mini-memoir exercise gives readers an opportunity to craft a personal narrative around an object — like Abuelo’s vihuela — that might not look very valuable, but is nonetheless precious because of the story behind it.

Get the free lesson plan and graphic organizer here.



Story mapping lesson plan
Take a closer look at plot structure and character development with this story mapping exercise.

Get the free lesson plan and story map template here.



Make a paper plate vihuela!

Find a tutorial here.



Make tissue paper flowers!

Renato Alarcão’s beautiful illustrations include examples of Mexican folk art. (Go back and take a look – how many can you find?) Create some of your own with a simple tutorial.

Find it here.



Finally, learn more about women in mariachi (and the inspiration behind Reyna’s name).