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

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

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