As a part of my Spanish 1 expansion Culture & Civilization class, we are reading Tumba by Mira Canion. It is now my third time teaching the novel, and it gets better each time. My first time with the book I posted each chapter with ideas. You can see them all with the label Tumba. I am including links to the original plans, along with what did this time. We have 60 minute classes and typically did 1 chapter with expansion activities per day. For more ideas, here are all posts with the label Day of the Dead.
All Tumba Blog Posts (updated)
- Teaching the novel Tumba Year 2
- Teaching the novel Tumba – 1 novel in 1 week style
- Introducing Tumba
- Tumba Chapter 1
- Tumba Chapter 2
- Tumba Chapter 3
- Tumba Chapter 4
- Tumba Chapter 5
- Tumba Chapter 6
- Tumba Chapters 7-8
- Tumba Chapters 9-10
- Día de Muertos Songs for Spanish class
- The Best Movies to Teach the Day of the Dead
- Cinco de mayo in Spanish class
- Cultural reading about Mexico with questions
- This video with activities by Elena Lopez
- Embedded reading for Tumba with activity
- Discuss the geography of Ciudad Mante & author’s note with materials from the teacher’s guide
- Read & discussed the chapter as a class.
- Compared our school to both a private school and public school in Mexico using the pictures & school schedules in the teacher’s guide.
- The next day reviewed the chapter by completing a cloze activity of the chapter using target vocab.
- Looked at pictures of day of the Dead to spark discussion.
- Students read the chapter on their own. We then listened to the audio book, pausing to discuss as we went.
- Students completed a timeline activity by Elena Lopez & we discussed it.
- We discussed “calavera” poems. Students wrote their own and read them to the class. (With a bigger class earlier in the year we did a 2-line retell, sharing poems to one partner at a time).
- Before starting the chapter, we used the comprehensible reading and questions on the Mexican revolution from the teacher’s guide. This gave more background on the history of Mexico for this culture class, as well as gave context for the buried treasure in the book.
- At this point, the students are finding the actual book quite easy to easy, so they read the chapter on their own, and then we discussed it.
- We looked at pictures of typical foods in Mexico, as well as watched this video about how to make tamales.
- To review the chapter on Monday, students used images of the chapter from the teacher’s guide to do a free write describing what happened. We shared these to review as a class.
- We listened to multiple versions of the traditional song “Cielito Lindo.” We also watched this Coca-Cola ad , which shows whole stadiums of soccer fans singing the song.
- After reading and discussing the chapter, where Sergio flirts with Alex’s little sister, we discussed pick up lines in Spanish.
- Using pictures from the teacher’s guide, we compared cemeteries in the US and those in Mexico using PQA.
- Students explored pictures of caves in Mexico from my original Chapter 6 post to see the variety an beauty of caves in the region.
- After reading the (very short) chapter, students worked with a partner to put together sentences from the chapter (activity from Elena Lopez). They then put the sentences in order of the chapter, used their books to check, and then retold the chapter in Spanish and English to their partner. To finish, we reviewed the chapter as a class.
- Using pictures from the teacher’s guide, we discussed Ciudad Mante.
- Students came up with 2 truths and a lie (Mentiroso) about chapter 7. They wrote them on small pieces of paper, I read them, and students guessed which was the lie.
- After reading chapter 7, students made an 8 box storyboard to review what had happened in the book so far. They used one box for each chapter 1-7, and one box for their predictions for the rest of the book.
- To intro the vocabulary, students worked in partners to sort words from the chapter into categories of their choice. See this post for possible extensions to this activity and other ideas for this chapter. Students explained their choices of categories and how the words fit.
- Using an activity from the teacher’s guide, students read a passage of the chapter that goes back and forth between telling a story in the past and the present and identifying which verbs were past tense and was present. They justified why they thought each word was past or present and we spent a little time looking at how you could identify based on context or the word ending. Pop up grammar in context at its finest!
- After reading chapter 9, students create 10 question true/false quizzes to give out loud to multiple partners.
- Students practice interviews of the characters by matching up questions and answers provided in the supplemental section of the teacher’s guide.
- When we finish the book, we will discuss how Alex, the main character changed throughout the books and students will take a Chapter 10 Kahoot.
- Students will complete both an interpersonal speaking and presentational writing assessment.
- For the interpersonal speaking they will use authentic pictures from the teachers guide to ask each other questions about the book, including the school, home, city, Mexico, day of the Dead, etc. They could also compare these elements in the book to their lives.
- For presentational writing, they will chose one or more aspects above from the book to compare to their lives.
You can find all resources for Tumba here.
You can find more resources for the Day of the Dead Here.
Want 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