Chapter 6- Reading Club continues 

I’m still so pleased with how the reading groups are working!
In Spanish 3 today, we were on Chapter 5… Somehow I feel like it is the most important one.  There’s something about meeting this handsome soldier who will become our antagonist that just makes his plan, and in fact his whole power struggle, an anchor of the story.  So we read in a large group today!  We did most of the Chapter 5 TG quiz together after reading and as their assessment I had then do #2 on the quiz, a short writing about how Ignacio might put his plan into action! 
In Spanish 4, groups read their chapters and then did a “10 word summary”.  I love doing it!  For each page (1/2 or longer) they have to summarize what happened in exactly 10 words!  They really have to use their language to make the sentences exactly right!

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","Bananas", "Sostenible", and "Papálotl" 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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