Amigo Brothers Activities

Instructor: Christopher Muscato

Chris has a master's degree in history and teaches at the University of Northern Colorado.

''Amigos Brothers'' is a popular story filled with friendship and Puerto Rican slang, making it a fun read for many students. These activities can help you incorporate this book into your classroom.

Amigo Brothers

Amigo Brothers is a 1978 story by Piri Thomas about two Puerto-Rican New Yorker friends and a boxing match that pits them against each other. With Puerto Rican colloquialisms thrown in, it's a fun chance for students to gain a little cultural exposure in a story about friendship and dreaming big. These activities can be adapted to most classrooms, and will help your students gain a deeper appreciation for the book.

Amigo Brothers Activities

Monologues

After reading Amigos Brothers, students will explore these characters in greater depths by writing first-person monologues from the friends' perspectives. Students will imagine that it is the night before the fight, and write a short monologue from the perspective of either Antonio or Felix in which they imagine what that person is feeling and thinking before having to fight his friend. Once students are done, pair them up and ask each to read one of their monologues.

  • Materials: Copies of Amigos Brothers, writing supplies

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