Handout contains 10 questions which requires students to look for specific sentences in the story and quote them as well as a writing prompt. This activity is great to promote critical thinking and noticing activity (notice the mention of the seasons and social class). Reading level is appropriate for Native and Heritage speakers, Spanish Honors and Spanish AP.
Students can also use a story board to draw the important events and write sentences below each drawing. This is a nice activity for the visual learners:
To further enhance the lesson I have student read a second story from the same author. Afterwards they use a Venn Diagram to compare and contrast both stories:
As a culminating activity and assessment, students write a composition comparing and contrasting both stories. In the introduction they write a short biography for the author. In the body they compare and contrast both stories and are required to mention literary style, description of the setting and characters, themes, conflict and resolution. As a closing for their composition I ask them to include their opinion and also to use a quotation from the author. Students search the internet for quotations and select one that ties in nicely with their personal opinion.
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Common Core Standards:
Identify the main idea and most supporting details contained in culturally authentic materials using electronic information and other sources related to targeted themes.
Recognize familiar words and phrases understand the main idea and infer the meaning of some highly contextualized unfamiliar spoken or written words in culturally authentic materials using electronic information and other sources related to targeted themes.
Infer the meaning of some unfamiliar words and phrases in academic and formal contexts.