Last year, Señor Wooly sent out a request for help on his secret project! I was lucky enough to respond in time and get a sneak preview of his newest graphic novel Billy y las botas! I knew that I wanted to use this in my level 2s. My school bought a class set including the teacher’s guides. I highly recommend the teacher’s guides! They are so useful! You can also watch all of the helpful videos made by Señor Wooly and Carrie Toth here. Below, I will detail my plans including how I am adapting the graphic novel for my blended class and for my sick child!
For the first day, I had planned to start with the Billy y las botas song on Señor Wooly. I thought this would be a nice introduction to the book, but you could wait until the end of the novel to show them. I was planning on using vocabulary introduction and then the cloze song activity from his website. Then we were going to start with the book. For homework, I was going to have the students complete a few nuggets from the Señor Wooly website.
THEN! My son woke up sick. This was going to be my first day back from break, AND I had all of the graphic novels in my car… CUE the teachers’ guide! Señor Wooly included a PowerPoint with all of the pictures from his book with or without the words. I was able to cut the PowerPoint to the first three pages and ask students follow-up questions in English. You could also include some of the questions from the circling guide in Spanish. I provided these to the students to complete while I was out.
The first few pages introduce Perro’s girlfriend Damita. As a quick writing activity, I had students make up a short date between Perro and Damita. For the rest of our class, I was able to have students work on the Señor Wooly nuggets. These nuggets are wonderful for a sub day!
The next day, I was able to have students start into the next few pages. I covered a few pages in one class due to my December timeline, but I could afford to go even slower. I found that it was nice to cover two pages then give my students a minute to describe everything in Spanish. I have noticed that students are able to speak more about these pages than other topics that I have given. Also, Señor Wooly includes some brain break ideas with students raising their hands or moving to the room where they stand on an issue. In addition, I have also allowed students to read a page or two on their own.
After we read about 10 pages, I had my students complete a 1-3-5 free write. I observed this in another teacher’s class, and it was awesome. Students write for one minute about what they read. Then, they count their words. After, students copy their sentences from the first minute then they keep writing for the full three minutes. They count their words then for five minutes, copy down their three minute sentences and keep going. It is pretty motivating for the students and a nice summary activity.
Finally, on my third day, I started with this little chart to recap what my students have read with the characters. We finished through the section before Billy meets the boots. Then, I made this Kahoot for my students to play! Overall, I am enjoying completing this with my students. They are engaged, and they are having a lot of fun! They also are seeming to really understand more Spanish when I am speaking.