Day 1- Spanish 3 and 4 novel studies

In Spanish 3 we are reading La hija deal sastre.  Students had already completed their confidence survey and today met the members of their groups.  In both sections, grupo Alfa had 5 members, all of whom indicated they needed a little extra help.  We read chapter 1 together and discussed during and after the reading!

Grupo Cooperativo had a group A and B both with 4 members.  They read together and proved comprehension by creating a comic strip that summarized the chapter. 

Grupo Independiente read and answered the questions from chapter 1 of the Teacher’s Guide!  

No one requested a transfer and everyone stayed on task all hour!  I’d give day 1 an A-!

In Spanish 4 we are reading different novels!  The strongest group is reading La Guerra Sucia!  They get the lounge this week!

The history fans are reading Rebeldes de Tejas and have claimed the bean bags! 

And the ecologists are reading Noche de Oro!  They remember so much about Robo en la noche!  Great way to get them thinking about past reads!  They’re stuck at the tables this week but I promised that we would rotate next week!

Everyone, no matter the book, summarized in a comic strip!  It will be a nice review of the story on discussion Thursday!

All groups were right on task and had no trouble understanding! I give the Spanish 4 novel readers a solid A!  

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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  1. Sounds awesome! I have done this in my lovel 4 now a couple of times. They love the choice. I just mentioned how I would love to do different novels for our level 2 kids. Maybe I can see how you are doing this in 4.
    Love your sharing!

  2. love this! couple questions: do you do this for lower levels? how many students do you have?

    1. Not for lower levels at all! Spanish 3 had read about 10 other novels before they were ready to fly solo and Spanish 4 even more! I read with the 1s and 2s but we do all kinds of things to keep it fun!

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