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A Matter of Trust, 1994, María Castagliola

Quilted Landscapes: Expressions of assimilation

The United States is a patchwork quilt of cultures formed by successive waves of immigration.  Latino culture, and its origins in the history of Latino immigration, are expressed in art through narrative scenes of family life and childhood memories.  The challenges of family upheaval and assimilation have also been confronted in abstract works.

This lesson encourages students to explore their own origins and, by working collaboratively, understand how their stories relate to those of their classmates.  Students will interview family members to learn more about their own pieces of the puzzle and then contribute a patch about their families to a class quilt.

Social Studies/Visual Art, grades 4-6