This is a novel guide for Isabel Allende’s La Ciudad de las Bestias. This novel was written for young people (the author has stated that her target audience was 12 year olds-native speakers of Spanish) so it is a manageable challenge for upper-level Spanish students. I have read this novel with my AP Spanish Language classes for many years and they always enjoy it and are proud to have read and understood a full novel in Spanish. There is a one page introduction to the novel and the author. I have glossed the most challenging words in the first fifteen chapters (there are 20 total chapters), heavily glossing the beginning chapters and then reducing the words in the glossary to only the most difficult ones by chapter 15. The last quarter of the book is not glossed because the students are able to read without help once they are that far into the novel. The activities includes character identifications by chapter, basic plot questions by chapter, questions requiring some analysis for after reading the novel and activities for each subtheme of the AP Spanish Language and Culture exam’s themes; Global Challenges and Contemporary Life. This novel could also spark discussion about family and communities, personal and private identities and science and technology making it useful during most units of the current AP Spanish Language and Culture curriculum.
11 page glossary of words from chapters 1-15
24 free response questions and a quote analysis for Global challenges theme
25 free response questions for Contemporary Life theme
16 free response questions for after the novel that require analysis of plot, character development, themes and symbolism
27 characters to identify (free response) as they read the novel to help students keep track of the important characters and the roles they play in the story
131 plot questions- by chapter to answer while reading to help students check their understanding
An answer key is included for all character identifications and plot questions by chapter.
Kirsten Cox, AP Spanish Language and Culture, reading comprehension, Comprensión de lecturas, Amazon, Amazonas, culture, cultura