Saturday, October 21, 2017

Building Tolerance with Vanilla and Chocolate Activities

Illustrations by Estella Mejia
Vanilla and Chocolate was published in October 2012 by Maritza M. Mejia.  his book was written to help children understand the virtue of Tolerance.

Main Setting: Vanilla and Chocolate main setting is at the Black and White Picnic where the development of the story mainly takes place. 

Plot: A concerned teacher helps two friends be together after their parents refused to let them play because of their skin color.

Characters: Mrs. M. prepared a Black and White Picnic Day where Vanilla and Chocolate’s parents recognized their kid’s friendship.

The last page of the story contains a vocabulary page and questions for discussion at home or at school.
Concerned (adjective):        Anxious, worried
Traditional (adjective):         Custom passed on from one generation to another
Ban (transitive verb):           To prohibit, forbid
Fulfilled (transitive verb):    Action completed, satisfied

1. What was the best part of the story?
2. What is your favorite illustration?
3. What did you learn about this tale?

   1. Use Characters, Setting and Events Drawing activity to discuss the topic of Tolerance. It is important to be honest, respect ideas and help students build tolerance.  

           2. Use Characters, Setting and Events Writing activity to discuss the topic of Tolerance.

                        3. After the Read Aloud you can use a Sequence of Events Activity.

FREE Reading Activities
Maritza Martínez Mejía
Mother, Educator, Bilingual Author and Translator
Recipient of the Crystal Apple Award 2006, VCB Poetry Winner 2015, Author’s Talk Book Award 2016, The Latino Book Awards 2016 and Author’s Talk Book Show 2017.