Chapter 11 was such a shocker! *Spoiler Alert* Take a moment to stop reading if you’re still in the “thinking about adopting” phase.
Analia tries to keep the narrator from getting revenge on the man who killed his brother and is killed as they try to escape. It was such a powerful scene that my class was anxious to work on their twitter wall. (See my first post )
It was a great way to introduce the Spanish phrase que en paz descanse. They used the hashtag #QEPD and recognized it when we looked at some tweets about the death of Amparo Baro, the actress that played Jacinta on El Internado Laguna Negra.
We read chapters 12 and 13 as a jigsaw reading. I have 4 groups in both of my Spanish 3 classes and the chapters broke up almost perfectly into 3 paragraph sections. Group one read the first three paragraphs of chapter 12, group two the next three, group 3 the first three chapters of chapter 13 and group 4 the last 4 chapters (they’re shorter so it isn’t more material… easier too!)
Each group was responsible for summarizing their section with 2 sentences per paragraph (a total of 6 except for group 4 who did 8… my group 4s were both strong students so it might be advantageous to choose a strong group for this section). They shared their summaries with the whole class after 20 minutes of reading time. To keep everyone accountable for listening to the whole two chapter summary, I told them we’d be having a short true or false quiz at the end. The quiz was easy and proved to be a great review of everything we had learned in the two chapters.
We are getting so close to the end!!! Tomorrow we are going to tackle 14 and 15!