Handout contains reading comprehension questions, internet links for the story, vocabulary cards and review of important events. Can be done in class or assigned for homework.
The appropriate level for this story would be Spanish 3, 4, 5, or native/heritage speakers. If I'm using this story for Spanish 3, I do pre-teach the vocabulary. If I use it for Spanish 4 or higher level, I truly do not need to pre-teach the vocabulary.
For Spanish 3 I do use many graphic organizers to help them fully comprehend the story (story map, sequence chart, etc).
For the high level students, I group them in group to discuss the story in the target language. As a closing activity, students share their thoughts with the class.
As a follow up activity, I have students summarize the story for HW.
Link for story: http://www.eslconnect.com/apspanish/arboldeoro.html
I also use the audio for the story for all levels. I have them listen to the audio prior to reading the story and then ask them for the main idea of the story, describe the characters, describe the setting, etc. Afterwards, they read the story. If it's a Spanish 3 class, we read the story together, if it's a higher level, students read it with a partner.
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.