Dear Josefina… / Querida Josefina
Begin the day with a story or incorporate this story as an additional resource to help students augment their vocabulary, literacy and fluency skills in either English or Spanish. Students can draw pictures of their favorite scenes and teachers can guide students through the vocabulary and comprehension/critical thinking questions in response to the theme and plot of the story.
Dear Josefina … / Querida Josefina … is a story, (translated version included) with literacy based activities presented in both in both English and Spanish that can be used across all grade levels in either English language development classes or in Spanish language classes. Each section includes 10 vocabulary development and 10 comprehension/critical thinking questions. I have also included a ‘Drawing Box’ where students can illustrate the image the story creates for each learner, thereby providing added evidence of comprehension. Dear Josefina… / Querida Josefina ... is a collection of letters shared by Josefina, one of the journalists working on the school newspaper. She invites the reader to be a close friend in order to help her solve the problems students have sent to her. The themes of the letters include the importance of self-respect, the results of gossip and bullying, honesty, maintaining good grades, exercise, finding lost money and loyalty to family.
The story, additionally, lends itself to extended practice of critical thinking activities. Through analysis of the stories and characters, teachers can help students identify themes, develop individual strength of character, integrity, responsibility, identify character traits and extend comprehension into writing through varied writing prompts that can enhance students’ proficiency in expression through the target language as well as expository writing skills.