Cuentos Chéveres is a compilation of short stories for Spanish levels 2+ (already listed on TPT). The short stories featured come with facilitative tools such as pre-reading vocabulary activities, matching tasks, and extension activities that can potentially solidify language skills and enhance comprehension of texts and to help students engage more fully in the story; while learning a life lesson along the way!
ERES PERFECTO (IDEAL FOR SPANISH 1/2)
“Eres perfecto” is about a girl looking for love, but she has what she perceives as a physical defect. She meets a guy online and learns how to overcome her insecurity. In the story, we choose to list a very uncommon characteristic/perceived “defect” so that student would not feel uncomfortable. The story is written in present tense with many of the same personality traits and personality traits are interwoven throughout in addition to cognates and some common verbs such as busca, mira, quiere, voy, ir. Unfamiliar vocabulary is footnoted. This story features pre- and post-reading material.
LA POLICIA EJEMPLAR (PAST TENSE)
Short story for Level 2+. Mostly written in the past tense, "La policía ejemplar" is short, suspenseful, and entertaining while highlighting aspects of the Argentine culture.
Marcela and Rhonda are hardworking policewomen in Buenos Aires, Argentina. As they take notice of the lively nocturnal scene, they count their blessings that their shift is almost over. But, it isn’t. The police dispatch gives them their last assignment…and it changes one of their lives for forever (Happy ending).
LA VECINA (PRESENT/PAST TENSE)
We’ve all had nosy neighbors, but none like Heidi. She is the neighborhood "watch", and literally watches Ernesto all day. Although she is 80 years old, she’s determined not to let age get in her way. But there’s a glaring problem. Ernesto is 50 years younger and dutifully tries to avoid her. However, Ernesto doesn’t realize that Heidi is more involved in his life than he had originally thought. When Heidi breaks into his house, during his date, well, things get real weird, real fast!
NO PASA NADA (PAST TENSE) NEW STORY ABOUT THE DANGERS OF TEXTING
“No pasa nada” is a short story about a girl named Manuela, who is madly in love with her boyfriend. One night, before she goes to bed, he asks her for a picture (of her in her pajamas). Manuela is faced with a critical decision. As she reflects on the discussion surrounding internet safety at school, she is conflicted on whether she should err on the side of caution or trust her new boyfriend’s intentions.
This short story, appropriate for high school, explores the dangers of making such a monumental decision, and its consequences. THIS STORY CONTAINS NOT GRAPHIC DESCRIPTIONS in the story, but it will make students think more deeply about these decisions.
EL CANTANTE (PAST TENSE)
This is a short story about a boy who interrupts a lesson on the Day of the Dead (Día de Muertos/Día de los Muertos) to sing a few romantic lines of the song "Despacito" (student friendly lines!) to a girl in class. His teacher teaches him a lesson that he'll never forget. This can be used as a class reading or as FVR. This story is written in the past tense. It touches on a few aspects of the Day of the Dead (pan de muerto, velas, altar, las almas, visit to Mexican Fine Arts Museum), which is the background of the lesson.
EN LA PAPELERIA
This short story is about two Colombian boy-crazed teens who go shopping for school supplies at a local papelería (the infographic of the Papelería and sales is included). While they discuss common topics about school, boys, and ditching class (Raquel), they stumble upon an all too common situation in the local store. They'll have the chance to look beyond their privilege and "pay it forward." This opportunity makes them think more about their good fortune and future decisions.
BONUS STORY: LA CITA INOLVIDABLE
La cita inolvidable is a short story (+ activities) that will entertain your class as they read about a poor guy just trying to find love, online! This could be used as a class story with the comprehensions questions and vocabulary included (even sub plans!), or it could be a great addition to you FVR as it is short and very entertaining.