Spanish 3/4 Novel: Las apariencias engañan FVR/Lit Circles/Novel Guide 30+

Grade Levels
9th - 12th
Formats Included
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45 pages
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"Las apariencias engañan" Novel Guide is comprised of 36 activities to help facilitate reading and engagement with the Spanish 3/4 Reader.


Synopsis of the Novel:

All the teens in Buena Vista have secrets, but Camilo's is the worst of all! As he masquerades as one of the sweetest boys in Buena Vista, his mask starts to crack, and his foundation follows. But, he's not the only one. His girlfriend, troubled by his uncanny behavior, sets out on a truth-seeking mission and her discoveries are inches deeper than she originally thought. She discovers that Camilo is living a double life; but, he isn’t the only one with compromising secrets. His house harbors a bigger secret that has haunted the town for years. This compelling story reveals the timeless truths that: things are never what they seem, or "Las apariencias engañan."

Language: Subjunctive, Preterit, Imperfect

Themes: Relationships, Betrayal, Friendship, Family, etc.

This guide is flexible enough to accommodate FVR reading and Literature Circles in Spanish.

This resource includes the following activities:

Reading Comprehension Questions & Activities

Art interpretation activity

Picture Talk Inquiry activity

"Portada" group activity


Visual vocabulary exercise

Drawing activity

Periodista group activity

Grammar activity (subjunctive)

Two truths and a lie game

Chapter/Book Discussion Cards Included!

Pre-reading activity: Antes de leer

Comprehension questions chapter 1: La chica

Special activity: “Las relaciones buenas”

Comprehension questions chapter 2: El Café Tres Leches

Special activity: ¡Qué problema!

Comprehension questions chapter 3: El bello durmiente

Special activity: “Los secretos”

Comprehension questions chapter 4: El secreto

Special activity: ¡A Escribir! Advice-dispensing activity

Comprehension questions chapter 5: La cita con el psicólogo

Instragram (paper) activity

4 Song activities "No soy como crees" by Ana Mena (Maestra Reed)

Antes de leer

Special activity: “El informe”

Comprehension questions chapter 6: La casa de Camilo

Special activity: “Escritura Creativa”

Comprehension questions chapter 7: Las apariencias engañan

Comprehension questions chapter 8: La paliza

Comprehension questions chapter 9: El padre ejemplar

Comprehension questions chapter 10: La visita sorpresa

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Resumen de la novela

Total Pages
45 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
1 Week
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