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As a Spanish teacher , I didn't find a book that I really like for my students to read in the target language. Almost all were originally written in English, and translated to Spanish. The decent ones were themes that don't engage students anymore. I needed to find or even create a material that was innovative , that could be rich grammar and vocabulary wise, that could teach or meet some of the content requirements through a cultural context (mostly Hispanic) they could relate to. I ended up using my story , to write about about social justice , traditions and memories from my childhood.
My story takes place in Mexico and the US, since I was born american ,but raised in Mexico until I graduated college , and moved to the states. It's an autobiography that tells the struggle of a boy that has always being part of the minorities (LGBTQ , immigrant, vegan etc).
The gender of the material is hard to define, given that it goes from funny to dramatic, from personal memories to historical events and others. Its written in intermediate level, but its very appealing for native speakers because of it's cultural references and relevancy.
The 16 chapter material is very unique, for all the personal connections students can make, and all the learning opportunities it offers. Speaking of the learning opportunities, the book is a fantastic text to practice parts of speech and most grammar tenses(Spanish), which was the biggest challenge that I faced when writing it , how to tell my story in every tense, but I accomplished it. " Bosquejos de mi vida" has a different tense in every chapter , and all the verbs are highlighted. Its great to develop lessons and different activities around it.
I wish one day I can have the budget or the contacts to publish it , and for teachers around the world to have access to it.
The tenses and parts of speech are the following :
-Ser y estar
-Futuro próximo y simple
-Palabras agudas , graves y esdrújulas
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