Felicity’s Birthday / El Cumpleaños de Felicita
Begin the day with a story or use this as an additional story for students to read independently in a learning center. Spanish teachers can use the story as a supplementary story to read on a Friday, for example. Students can draw pictures of their favorite scenes and teachers can guide students through the vocabulary and comprehension/critical thinking questions.
Felicity’s Birthday / El Cumpleaños de Felicita 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. Felicity makes presents for her friends on that she gives them at her birthday part. The theme of the story is the satisfaction and overall benefits of giving, industrious efforts and role modeling.
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.