Bernardino written by Spanish author Ana María Matute is much longer that her usual short stories. Recommended level would be Spanish Honors, AP and Heritage/Native speakers. This story truly touched the hearts of the students since many of them have dogs. (This story is about a boy and his dog). Great story to read for anti-bullying week or for character education. After reading story students break into groups and discuss the bullying that occurred in the story.
1) Pre-teach vocabulary
PPT in PDF for vocabulary (20 slides):
2) Review vocabulary before reading story
Handout in PDF format to practice and review vocabulary. Part 1 has 23 words to match up and Part 2 is a true or false activity with 20 statements:
3) After reading story review with PPT
PPT in PDF format (16 slides) to review and analyze the story:
OJO You can re-use the review packet. I use Part 1 to review the vocabulary and Part 2 I use as a quiz.
4) After reading the story, students break into groups and talk about the story. It's a great way to discuss bullying and make students aware of it.
To further enhance the lesson I use several graphic organizers easily found online :
Story can be easily found online:
OJO All items all in PDF format and are also sold separately at my TPT store.
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.
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