This is a Spanish reading for beginners, aimed at the elementary or middle school age but it can be used for any age. It has a one-page story and a one-page vocabulary cheat sheet (La Chuleta).
This reading has been edited by a professional Spanish editor. It uses high frequency verbs and structures. I used this story to help preteach some of the vocabulary needed to read the Comprehensible Input book "Brandon Brown quiere un perro” by Carol Gaab.
The story is of a naughty boy who has his birthday on Friday the 13th of October. Due to his mischievous behavior, he does not have the dream birthday like he wanted.
I had an artist draw on the whiteboard as we went through the first part of the story, going slowly. We switched the artist job every 2 minutes. We looked at their work and congratulated them with an "Órale!" Later, I had students act parts of the story. Use Comprehensible Input strategies to establish meaning and get in repetitions of the target structures. This was a review activity for my students.
You can follow up with questions about why this boy got in trouble and what would you do in his situation. There is also a link to a Quizlet review.
This story could also be used as a story in your Free Voluntary Reading (FVR) or Silent Sustained Reading (SSR) library. Include the Chuleta so students can look up phrases that are new to them.