One of the best ways to learn Spanish is simply to read for pleasure. If we can find books that hook kids with a captivating story, the content itself will compel them to read. The Alchemist is that type of story. Besides the story, the setting and the historical allusions are rooted in Iberian culture and imagery. Through the journeys of Santiago, the main character in the story, students will absorb Hispanic culture and history. One problem with the novel is that the author assumes a high level of literacy: the content is so deep and rich that students have difficulty understanding the text. I wrote this guide to help my students to understand the vocabulary and the historical, cultural, geographical and religious elements in the novel. 82 pages.