On Saturday at 9:30am (TODAY!) I will be presenting at #CSCTFL17. If you will be there, please stop by and say hi! For those of you who will be attending my session, Comprehensible Novels to Increase Proficiency, my presentation can be found here.
If you are not able to attend, but would like more information, check out the following resources for teaching novels in your classroom:
- Novel Resources – page with all my novel posts organized
- Teaching a Novel 101 – post on SSS
- Teaching a Novel 101 – CI presentation
- How to teach your 1st novel – blog post
- Literature Circles
- Individual Novel Study
- Classroom Library Tour
- libro lunes – new books to add to your class
- all posts labeled novels
- all posts labeled reading
Resources for teaching specific novels as a class
(from easiest, to most difficult)
- Brandon Brown Quiere un Perro
- Fiesta Fatal
- Robo en la Noche
- Felipe Alou
- Bianca Nieves
- La Llorona de Mazatlán
- Vida y Muerte en la Mara Salvatrucha
- La Calaca Alegre
- Cajas de Cartón (guide musicuentos)
Let me know if you have any questions as you plan for your novels!
Karen Skinner says
Thank you so much for sharing this! I was at CSCTFL but since I don't have Hermione's time turner, I couldn't get to all the sessions that I wanted to! I used Piratas my first year teaching (had no clue what I was doing) and now in year 6 am ready to give it another go. I am so appreciative of your blog and your resources. Thank you so much, you are so valuable! 🙂
Mis Clases Locas says
You are welcome and let me know if you have questions on round two!
Sra. Elliott says
Thanks for sharing great resources I have found a lot of inspiration in your blog. I have a couple of questions for you regarding novels in terms of books. We have the IB program at my school and I teach Spanish 1 and 3 IB. We always assign summer reading to the students. I have found though that the books were too difficult for their level so they just didn't read it. I am trying to be more realistic this year. For the students who finish Spanish 1, I am thinking about Frida. For the students who finish Spanish 2, I am thinking Cajas de Cartón. They will read during summer but we can do extension activities in class at the beginning of the year. Most if the Spanish 1 students are intermediate low. Spanish 2 are between low and mid having worked much more with all past tenses. What do you think?
Thanks a lot for your input.
Mis Clases Locas says
Thank you for reading.
To be honest, I have never assigned summer reading in Spanish class. If I did, I would want to keep it on the easier side to build confidence since they are on their own.
What novels have the students read?
I think Frida would be a good choice, but Cajas is WAY to hard on their own. I have had strong level 4 students struggle with it in class with assistance. I would make sure to pick a TPRS novel that is written for language learners and has a glossary. I think La Llorona de matarlan would be. Good choice.
Let me know if you want more feedback!