Short Story for Spanish 1 Novice-Mid
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Teacher's Manual Activities for La clase de confesiones
*I used this story for my Spanish 1 students, most of whom did not have previous exposure to the language.
Carlos hates Spanish class with a passion, but finds the will to survive when he lays eyes on Jessica. Her presence consumes all his attention in class. However, his secret crush is compromised when his teacher, Mr. Martín, decides to “shake things up a bit” in class. A simple writing assignment turns out to be a lethal injection to his social life and by extension his chances with Jessica. The good-hearted teacher inadvertently tries to “set him up with Jessica” but this immediately backfires and turns into one of the most embarrassing moments for Carlos: and Rubén is there to witness it all. Carlos invites you to come along this adventure into La clase de confesiones donde todos tienen una confesión. The teachers have their own confessions (part 2).
Part 2: Carlos leaves Spanish class embarrassed. He had no idea that the teacher was going to pair him up with Jessica, the girl he wrote about in his short essay. Adding insult to injury, the teacher reads his essay in from the class; even the mean-spirited things he wrote about this very teacher! His day gets even worst. Carlos goes to math class and the teacher takes his phone: he never receives the redemptive text message from Jessica. When they meet in the lunchroom, his embarrassment, ignorance, and fear get the best of him. Now, he has to win Jessica back. Carlos learns that the truth always prevails over a lie. He learns how to be honest, vulnerable and to take responsibility for his actions. Carlos also "echa un cable a Señor Martín" when he finds out that the teacher has a crush as well. How will Mr. Martín react when he has a "dosis de su propia medicina?" Find out in part 2!
I created this story for my Spanish I novice-mid class. Yes, your students can read it and enjoy it at the novice level! The story features most vocabulary associated with school vocabulary such as school supplies and activities related to the classroom. There is a little bit of poetry from one of the characters such as “ ella es el sol que ilumina mi día.” Phrases such as these are footnoted, listed in the pre-reading vocabulary and practiced in pre-reading exercises. As students read this story, they will be on the edge, waiting to see how this problem unfolds, and the ending doesn’t disappoint.
The story comes with 17 front-loading and post-comprehension exercises. For example, one of the pre-reading activities familiarizes students with some authentic expressions used, such as “ más te vale.” Contextual fill-in-the blank sentences also offers a unique peek into the story as well as access background knowledge.
The Free Teacher Manual of Activities include:
1. Story- La clase de confesiones
2. Vocabulary exercise / fill in the blank from vocabulary box (pre-reading)
3. Matching English/Spanish activity with text from the story (pre-reading)
4. Paired conversation activity (opposite students having the correct answer)
5. List of questions the teacher can use in a whole-class discussion or Amy Lenord’s 6. Conversation Circle
6. Post comprehension questions
7. Explanation of verb conjugation and 2 exercises that include differentiation, extension and challenge (my kids all tried to do the challenge)
8. Additional list of verbs and questions for students to discuss what they do
9. Same activity, but students ask another student and record their response in the third person (I did this as a movement speaking activity).
10. Listening activity
11. Grammar exercises.
12 Two sets of vocabulary task cards
13. Activity for the second part as well