Guerra Sucia

Spanish 4 is reading the novel Guerra Sucia from @TPRSPublishing.  We have also seen the movie La Historia Oficial.  They are getting the history of the war down really well at this point!  I’ve been telling them all week that Friday would be a special day and we would host one of the Abuelas de la Plaza de Mayo who would be able to answer any questions they had about the war!  Yesterday we did some brainstorming, what would we want to know about her??? And we addressed the importance of being formal with our Ud verb forms!  Great fast grammar pop up, by the way!

Inspired by my friend Kristy Placido in Michigan, I dressed as Gloria Reballos and we did an informal, interpersonal speaking say as they asked and answered all sorts of questions!  It was great to see them coming up with new things to talk about as they heard Gloria’s story!  They were really using language!  

I didn’t have access to a real human authentic resource for this unit but Gloria was a good substitute!  It was all the same history they might have read about or that I could have lectured on but it was so much more fun to have them asking and answering the questions to lead the discussion!   


Caja y Punto: Tackling Common Core Standards with note taking (Ch 7 Hija del sastre)

Chapter 7 of this novel is a long one and there are some subtle things that I don’t want students to miss. In a long chapter, it is easy to lose focus! I actually split this one into three days (1 beginning through when Emilia’s mom comes to the shop to check on her, 2 mom talking to her in the shop through mom almost spilling the beans about dad, 3 Ignacio stays to have dinner with her family and reveals “his family story”)

This is the chapter in which Ignacio reveals that he watched Emilia all day as she worried about whether or not he was coming and fake cried about his dad then laughed when the family bought his story… The kids are JUST finding out how cruel he really is! I want them to get mad! To be shocked that he has thought this plan out so well that he even spied to see how she would take it when he didn’t show up! He’s a sneaky guy! So far this technique is working. I had a lot more expression of surprise over his creepy stalking this year than I have in years past!

I wanted to pull out main ideas from the chapter and have them explain with textual examples and analysis, so I made this box and bullet point hand out. We are still working on our notes, section 3 tomorrow, but I am already liking what I see.

Caja y Puntos ch 7