This past year, I taught the book Santana to my level 3 students. It was a hit! I personally found it fascinating because I didn’t know much about his personal life. As I wrote before, I like combining fiction (in this case Robo en la noche) with a non-fiction book to reach all of my students. I realized that I never shared many of the materials that I made for this novel.
- To introduce the book and learn more about Mexico, I used this EdPuzzle on Mexico DF.
- I also had students complete a jigsaw activity to review the book when we reached chapter 9. I broke students up into smaller groups and then they had to come up with key words, questions to ask their peers and important facts from the chapters. Then one member from each group would rearrange themselves and they would “re-teach” the chapters to the other members. The other group would answer the questions and the experts from the chapter could correct the answers.
- For interpretive reading assessments, I like to shorten a few chapters and leave out some details. Students have to include new details that are from the book, related to what they are reading and not in the reading. Then, they identify key vocabulary and answer comprehension questions. I have found that this gives students a reason to re-read the text, and I don’t have to create a whole new story/text with the words from this story. This is the practice that students completed.
- Each chapter begins with a quote. I gave students a variety of options from the quote and had them explain how the quote related to their own life for a presentational writing assessment.
- I was looking for a good interpretive listening assessment. Dreaming Spanish has some excellent videos about other singers’ lives. Their lives parallel Santana’s life. I had students complete an EdPuzzle answering questions about the singer’s lives and then later explaining the similarities or differences with Santana’s life. I used the video about Rosalía and Álvaro Soler.
- I found/created this Quizizz for chapters 10-12.
- And finally, I can never figure out how to actually share a Goosechase, but I took screenshots of all of the missions!
If you are planning on teaching Santana, I hope you enjoy it as much as my classes did!