Looking for an anchor for your bullfighting unit? How about a new novel?

There are so many great authentic resources available to teachers who want to create a powerful bullfighting unit, is there anything that could make it tighter? More powerful? Have you tried a novel study?

In March, at CSCTFL, my new novel Bianca Nieves y los 7 toritos will make its debut! The novel is written at the novice level in the past tense so it is perfect for level 1 or 2 but the cultural content in the teacher’s guide could expand the novel from an easy read for level 3 or 4 to a powerful debate and discussion at the intermediate level. Remember, it is all about the task. Whatever level you study bullfighting, I think this novel has something to offer!

To help your students build prior knowledge for a bullfighting unit, why not try an activity like “a different perspective.” This background knowledge will help them develop and defend their own opinion about the bullfight.
Una perspectiva diferente blog post

For more activities to link your study of bullfighting to authentic resources and performance based tasks, be sure you check out the Bianca Nieves y los 7 toritos Teacher’s Guide as well! In addition to comprehension questions, activities, and performance based assessments, it addresses the ACTFL-NCCSFL Can-Do statements!

Author: senoracmt

I began teaching Spanish in Illinois in 1994. I have taught levels 1-4 in a small rural high school, 8th grade introductory Spanish, Biology 1, and 101 and 102 at the community college level. My Spanish classes are partnered with the community college to offer students 8 semester hours of dual credit on completion of Spanish 4. In 2011 I met Carol Gaab and Kristy Placido and have since co-authored the book "La hija del sastre" with Carol Gaab and authored the novels "La Calaca Alegre", "Bianca Nieves y los 7 toritos." "Vector," "48 horas" and "Bananas" through Fluency Matters. In 2006 I became National Board certified and I have been serving as a mentor both for candidates seeking certification in world languages other than English and a virtual mentor for candidates in all certificate areas. I completed my Masters degree in Spanish education in 2011 and did my research on the use of Understanding by Design to create meaningful cultural units for the language classroom. I am a frequent presenter on this topic, please consider me if you are interested in a workshop on backward design. In 2013 I was named the ICTFL Foreign Language teacher of the year and in 2014 I was selected as CSCTFL's teacher of the year. In November of 2014 I was lucky enough to be one of the five finalists for the ACTFL National Teacher of the Year in San Antonio, TX. What a "Cinderella" experience! You can reach me via email at senoracmt at gmail.com.

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  1. So excited for this! Let me know when it’s available to purchase online 🙂 Will it be on TPRS Publishing?

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