Novel Study: Different Readers

In Spanish 4 we are reading our last novel “reading club style” with a twist… they are in self leveled groups but they’re all reading different comprehension based readers!

For our first week, they read blurbs about the 4 different texts and ranked them 1-4.  I used these results to sort them into 3 groups: Santana, Piratas y el Triángulo de Bermudas, and Guerra Sucia.  I have some interesting observations to share after day 4… D10AED54-DC2F-47D8-B9F9-3AFDD0FFF73A

The groups are 100% on task but they are as different as their novel choices.

Group 1 has an easy read, Triángulo… they are having a great time.  They laugh and read aloud in Spanish and joke about the “gran plan”…

0ED95B40-49E3-42A5-B275-627EB905FA20The second group, with a slightly heavier read is the Santana group.  They read and clarify and ask each other (and me) great questions!

C19BEA63-C4CE-475C-AC75-5D9203FDC5B7The last group chose the most challenging read and while they do ask each other questions once in a while, they are studying much more independently than the other two groups.  I think this is reflective of their serious demeanor!

B99D286F-2776-47DD-A6F6-44523B245D69This week we did a “novel study daily report” each day… next week we will shake it up!

A0A0E600-3671-4CEE-A5D8-DCCE88A25DF0With all the stress they’ve had as scholarships were due and they’ve had to start enrolling in classes… and through the senioritis… the laughter and light hearted chats have made me really happy!


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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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