Teaching the Novel Vida y Muerte en la Mara Salvatrucha- Chapter 7

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Yesterday we read chapter 7, Mi novia. The kids were so surprised that the girl whose grandma he had been assaulting in chapter 6 was now his girlfriend. It seemed like the perfect time to figure out exactly what made him so darn irresistible to women…. LA Harmony- the MS-13 version of E-Harmony! I gave each student LAHarmony7 brainstorm form. I wanted them to do some thinking before their presentations… Who IS this narrator? How is he getting the ladies??? But first, to give them inspiration, I showed them this to build interest!

Here’s an example of how the brainstorming began:
LA Harmony

The presentations today were great! My first hour is quiet and theirs were pretty serious (although several made funny references to lyrics from some of the songs we have studied with our unit). Seventh hour, who give me gray hair with all of their talking, did an amazing job! They came in costume, they had gimmicks, they were just wonderful! They’re such fast processors that their ideas were a lot deeper! Even my slowest processor impressed me with the name she gave the author, “Chac Mool,” a reference to our supernatural unit! In response to her ad, one of the other students shouted “Chac Mool es el verdadero OG” or “Chac Mool is the real original gangster” LOL It was a lot of fun! I hope you can find a way to use the “Harmony” idea in one of your units!

3 thoughts on “Teaching the Novel Vida y Muerte en la Mara Salvatrucha- Chapter 7

  1. Keep these posts coming! It is like you are sharing a free TG πŸ™‚ I will be teaching this again later this semester and will definitely be using your ideas. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Love this! Thank you for sharing all of your fabulous ideas–they’re really helping to spice up my classes!

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