Stories

LA LLORONA IMAGES

A new major motion picture about the legend of La Llorona is coming out. The Curse of La Llorona will be in theaters beginning April 19. This legend is compelling input anyway, but the added popularity of the movie will increase student interest even more. Here is an embedded reading (scaffolded) version of the story written with high frequency vocabulary. A step-by-step lesson planning guide for teachers is also available.  It has been very popular and successful with teachers and students. https://www.brycehedstrom.com/product/ebook-la-leyenda-de-la-llorona-embedded-reading Here are a few images from the book:

THAT’S A GOOD QUESTION

This question comes from Adria, a Spanish I student of a teacher that uses my materials: Hello, my name is Adria ____. I go to _____ High School. My Spanish teacher has us read your stories and answer the questions but some of us had some questions about it. Like, why are the boys really creepy and the girls really crazy? Thanks for the good question, Adria. I write stories to keep students' attention. I want them to be compelling and motivating. Exaggerating tendencies that we all sense is one way of doing that. Most boys are mystified by girls' [...]

CHANGING PERSPECTIVE ON LA LLORONA

Here is an email from Christopher, a Spanish I teacher who has been teaching the La Llorona embedded reading. A student took it upon himself to rewrite the story from the husband's point of view. Very creative, recycling of vocabulary. Why didn't I think of that? Thanks so much for making the embedded readings for La Llorona available on your website. They're fantastic! My Spanish I has enjoyed reading and acting them out.  I'm very impressed by their language gains in just a week and half with this text! One student actor playing the role of "El esposo" felt compelled to [...]

By |2015-10-22T20:32:50-06:00October 22nd, 2015|Categories: Stories, Teaching with Legends, Writing|Tags: , |0 Comments

THE GIRL AND THE CAT

 THE GIRL AND THE CAT This is a whimsical story for novice language classes that uses high frequency vocabulary. It deals with coming-of-age issues and also has elements of other disciplines, including numbers, built in to it. The nature of the story requires repetition in order for students to get the final question. The story and questions are in both Spanish and English and in the present and past tenses.

THE SECRET

    El secreto de hablar con las chicas Here is a story we started this week in Spanish 2 about a boy who woos the girls by always responding with a simple "I understand". I offered it as a service to the guys in my class. It went viral in the school. Kids that were not even in the class, kids I didn't even know, kept coming up to offer their opinions for or against the premise. I, of course, responded to all with "I understand.  

EMBEDDED READING FOR LA LLORONA

This is another foray into the world of embedded reading, invented and eloquently described by Laurie Clarq and Michele Whaley . You can see more of their work  here . I like the story of La Llorona and I have spent a long time thinking about how to present this simple version, as well as more complex versions of the legend over the years. I think this latest iteration is some good work.  The story starts with an extremely simple skeleton version of the story. It introduces just five words and the entire story has only 21 total words. More and [...]