This comic strip version of El Hijo, created by one of my talented students (she will receive half of the proceeds), is a great introduction to what transpires in this literary work. Additionally, this pre-reading activity front-loads the students with some important lines and quotes from the characters, bringing the student up to speed on the personalities and their purposes in this famous Quiroga short-story.
The one page comic strip comes with 8 pictures to get students thinking about the themes associated with the story.
You can use any number of build-up activities as a scaffolding piece.
- Consider erasing (white out and photocopy) the page and have students guess what is going on. From this opening activity, I can create a group discussion around the pertinent themes.
- Cut up the pictures, and have groups of students put them in the order that they occur in the story, either prior ro reading or as a post-reading activity to test if they understood the main events.
Students in our AP Language and other courses (Heritage and 3 Honors) have also utilized this comic strips as a form of preparation, or vertical teaming, for the AP Spanish Literature and Culture class.
Students transition much more effectively into the play because they have a clear visual representation in their mind of the character and the story line.