Here are my plans for Chapters 6-10, as well as the final project, of the TPRS Publishing novel Brandon Brown Quiere un Perro.
Here are my other blog posts concerning teaching this novel:
BB Quiere un Perro – plans for Chapter 1
BB Quiere un Perro – plans for chapter 2
BB Quiere un Perro – plans for chapters 3-5
Since we were reading this novel as a review to start out Spanish II, we started moving a lot quicker the second half of the book, as we all got the hang of it. I plan on reading this book in Spanish I this year, and I know I will go a lot slower, as much of the vocabulary will be new, and not just a review to them.
Chapter 6 – Brandon Brown Quiere un Perro
- Pre-Reading Discussion Questions for Chapter 6 found in the TPRS Teachers Guide.
- I read chapter 6 to the class. Each student had a copy of the novel and followed along. We stopped after each paragraph to discuss, reinforce vocabulary, and check for understanding.
- As a class we read and discussed the supplemental reading about Perros Callejeros. We discussed stray dogs in the U.S. as well as what they are called in Latin American countries.
Chapter 7 – Brandon Brown Quiere un Perro
- Pre-Reading Discussion Questions for Chapter 7 found in the TPRS Teachers Guide.
- I read chapter 7 to the class.
- We discussed the post reading questions as a class.
Chapter 8 – Brandon Brown Quiere un Perro
- Pre-Reading Discussion Questions for Chapter 8 found in the TPRS Teachers Guide.
- I read chapter 8 to the class.
- The students completed the post reading questions individually in complete sentences as a writing assignment. We then discussed the answers as a class, and allowed students to edit and correct their sentences.
- Everyone completed the Listening Comprehension Activity for Chapters 6-8 as a quiz. I read the sentences, and the students had to match the drawing to what part of the story I read to them. Most did a great job.
Chapter 9 – Brandon Brown Quiere un Perro
- Pre-Reading Discussion Questions for Chapter 9 found in the TPRS Teachers Guide.
- I read chapter 9 to the class.
- Students completed multiple choice comprehension questions as well as a crossword of vocabulary words for fun.
- We discussed the comprehension questions as a class.
Chapter 10 – Brandon Brown Quiere un Perro
- Pre-Reading Discussion Questions for Chapter 10 found in the TPRS Teachers Guide.
- I read chapter 10 to the class.
- Each table was given 10 typed up events from the book to put in order. They discussed as a group in Spanish the sequencing of the events. We then came together as a class to compare the order of events.
- We discussed the chapter comprehension questions, as well as the book as a whole.
Final Project – Movie Trailer – Brandon Brown Quiere un Perro
- I got the idea from the Teachers Guide to have the final project be a movie trailer. Students had the following 2 options
- Create a the written script for the movie trailer for the novel. It should be long enough to describe the high points of the book, as well as grab the attention of the audience. It should be creative and not just a summary of the novel.
Work with a partner & actually create a movie trailer video for class from the script. The pair would turn in one script and one video.
- When I teach the novel again, I will encourage more people to actually create a movie trailer. I feel those who completed them got a lot more out of them. They were also very entertaining for everyone to watch.
Wany to learn more about teaching with novels?
Before you start…
- Research & Find Funding for novels in Spanish class
- Organize your novels
- 5 Tips for Teaching with Novels
- How to teach your 1st novel
- Teaching a Novel 101 – SSS
Teaching Whole-Class Novels
- how to teach a novel – a typical day.
- 20 activities for teaching with novels.
- post-reading ideas
- Mix it Up! Reading TPRS novels as a class
- Spice up your novel
- How to Assess a Novel
Other Ways to Teach with Novels
Ideas for specific Whole-Class Novels
(Sorted from easiest to hardest)
- El capibara con botas.
- Brandon Brown quiere un perro.
- Peter va a Colombia.
- El Silbón de Venezuela.
- El Ekeko.
- Fiesta Fatal.
- Bianca Nieves
- Robo en la Noche
- Noche de Oro.
- Felipe Alou
- Frida Kahlo.
- Problemas en Paraíso.
- La Llorona de Mazatlán
- Vidas Impactantes.
- Vida y Muerte en la Mara Salvatrucha.
- La Calaca Alegre.
- Cajas de Cartón
awesome recap! I am about to start the novel with my Spa's! I am brand new at this school and the previous Spanish teacher didn't seem to do much of anything. Ill definitely be using your tips!
When do you think will be a good time to start with spanish 1? Next semester? Im am mostly following martina bex's plans but still unsure about when to start a novel…
Thanks for your help!
Mis Clases Locas says
Thanks! I am actually thinking about starting it slowly with my level 1 class 2nd quarter. I think they would benefit so much from the input of the novel at this point. Good luck!
Allison, the movie trailer idea isn't in the French teacher's guide, but I love the idea! Could you provide a little more information about what technology the students used to complete it, whether or not you gave them class time to make the videos, and how you graded it?
Thanks so much!
Mis Clases Locas says
When I did this the main assignment was to create a movie trailer script. I graded it as a presentation writing with a performance based rubric with the goal as novice high. (Novice high-A, novice mid-B, novice low-C). Actually making the video was an optional extension if they wanted to work with a partner. I believe I had a couple days in class to work, but must chose to actually film outside of class. If they filmed they used whatever equipment they have, so most just used a cell phone.
If you send me an email at [email protected] I can share what I have.
Kelly Ochoa says
I first want to thank you for sharing all the resources that you do on your blog and Twitter. I purchase and use a lot of your stuff. I was wondering if you have an explanation the assignment when you have kids make a movie trailer for a novel they have read. My class just read Fiesta Fatal. I was thinking it might be a nice way to do a wrap up activity. The kids love these types of projects. Let me know if it is something you may have already on TeachersPay Teachers. I am just trying to not “recreate the wheel” as they say. Thanks.
Mis Clases Locas says
Send me an email!
Hi Allison! I am finishing up BBQUP with my level 2s right now and was also wondering if you would be able to provide me any additional details on the movie trailer project. Sounds like so much fun! I will email you now. Mil Gracias!