Enrique’s Story / El cuento de Enrique
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.
Enrique’s Story / El cuento de Enrique 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. Enrique’s Story / El cuento de Enrique is a recollection by a young boy of his older brother, Enrique, a boy who experienced problems in school, but who was encouraged by a counselor to use his artistic talent and paint a mural in the library. Since that time, Enrique becomes a dedicated students and eventually a counselor himself. The mural is a portrait of himself looking toward the horizon at sunrise with a diploma in his hand, with his family and community members looking on, admiring his accomplishment.
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.