Vida y muerte twitter feedMy students LOVE the novel Vida y Muerte. The whole thing is so engaging and the accompanying study of gang life reaches everyone. I have always used the film Sin Nombre with the novel and this year I am adding a music study. Week one (this is my first week of… Continue reading Vida y Muerte en la Mara Salvatrucha with Kat Dahlia and @losrakas
In Spanish 3, I do a film and reader based unit on El Salvador and its Civil War. It is ESPECIALLY timely as the current situation at the border has its roots all the way back to this period in the 80s-90s! We begin by watching the film Romero (it’s in English but I put… Continue reading El Salvador Centers
In my iFLT session on detox(tbooking), we talked about downsizing. Even if you’re bound by a textbook or a department using way too many “units”, you can pare away the words you know are less valuable and make some room for fun things that really connect students with the language… things like music. My 12… Continue reading So you want to match them with music!
As you end the year and begin to requisition materials for the new year, I encourage you to consider reading novels in class. Whether a part of your silent reading library or as a full class novel study, having kids read a WHOLE NOVEL gives them a huge confidence boost as they prepare to move… Continue reading Getting started with novels- AP/IB/ACTFL Can-Do’s… You can do it all!
After reading Vida y Muerte en la Mara Salvatrucha and watching Sin Nombre, we made a lot of connections and comparisons between the characters. As an interpretive reading assessment, I made paper strips with events from the movie. Students created paper chains as they put the events in order. Great assessment and a great brain… Continue reading Paper Chain Reading assessment
Today was our tri-county institute. The only workshops for language teachers are usually the ones that I offer, so I get to attend a lot of technology and reading sessions in the extra slots! Here are some big take-aways from the day’s sessions! 1. iPads in a 1 iPad classroom with Gail Lovely- There is… Continue reading Ideas in the works!
ReviewCh1-5vidaymuertewriting ReviewCh1-5vidaymuertepics I’m on a mission to create better question askers in Spanish 3/4 this year. Wherever possible I am trying to come up with contexts in which they can ask and answer questions related to what we are working on. This activity is built around the first 5 chapters of Vida y Muerte en… Continue reading Encouraging Question Asking
I stole this idea from Kristy @placido who may have stolen it from Crystal @srtabarragán….. We are reading Vida y Muerte en la Mara Salvatrucha 13. Students interact with the text by tweeting from one character to another and retweeting comments that could be related to the novel. They interact with each other’s work by… Continue reading Twitter Feed Stone Age style
I was asked to share my cultural studies with you and I would like to do that but must preface the post by saying that I am… A. In a very small district where I am the only full time language teacher B. In a dual credit program with the college that only gives credit… Continue reading Film and Novel studies by level
I forgot I had this video! I used it last year with my study of the film Voces Inocentes and the TPRS publishing novel Vida y Muerte en la Mara Salvatrucha. It is perfect for upper level kids because they can read it themselves and it isn’t too fast! (or if it is, you can… Continue reading An addition to your upper level culture study?