Update: Ebook release – finally! – October 2014
You can always freely access the comprehension guides I wrote for the memoir Cajas de cartón (and Esperanza Renace) just scroll down for the original blog post (keep scrolling! they’re all there!). But for now I’m so super excited to let you know that the official Musicuentos ebook guide is FINALLY here! For a great description of how Allison’s experience teaching this book changed between the plain question lists and the elegant ebook guide, see her posts Planning for Cajas de cartón and Literature Conversation Circles.
This 59-page illustrated reader’s guide is such a vastly different resource from the original comprehension questions that you’ll barely recognize they’re from the same person. For all the details and information on how to purchase the reproducible guide (including via purchase order) for $39.95, check out the Cajas page. Or if you already know you want it, simply click here:
Just looking for something to go with the original short story “Cajas de cartón,” which is chapter 9 in the memoir? You can get that too, on the resources page, for $6.95.
Original blog post with link to comprehension questions:
Quite some time ago, I posted my reading guides for the Allende novel Ciudad de las bestias, which my students read in their fourth year (AP). I was sure I had done the same for the reading guides I wrote for my Spanish 3 books. The Ciudad guides have gotten some attention lately from the Edmodo group Spanish Teacher Share, so I thought I’d post the other two sets as well, but it would seem I didn’t post them after all.
In the fall of Spanish 3, we read the book Cajas de cartón, a series of autobiographical short stories by Francisco Jiménez. “Panchito” writes about his experiences crossing the border into California illegally as a child and then growing up in the migrant worker culture of that state. Warning, this book is not happy, but it’s such a great picture of the life of a migrant child. I also love that if you don’t finish the book, it doesn’t matter, as each chapter is a story in itself.
Reading guides for Cajas de cartón. –
(Keep scrolling for the edit!)
In the spring of Spanish 3, we read Esperanza renace, a tale loosely based on Pam Muñoz Ryan’s grandmother. It’s a Mexican version of The Little Princess, but in the end she doesn’t get her dad or her money back. Instead, she learns what really matters in life and how to be content and joyful through trials.
We don’t finish the novel since I started reading exclusively in class (out-of-class reading was frustrating my students too much) so I recently added a “wrap-up” guide for the end so they can finish out the plot.
Reading guides for Esperanza renace.
(Keep scrolling for the edit!)
**Edit July 2013**
You are still welcome to freely download the comprehension questions for all chapters in Cajas de cartón in one file here (and/or take a look at the sample of Chapter 3 of the vastly improved ebook and see here for information on purchasing that) and Esperanza renace in one file here. The documents now contain all regular and bonus questions in one streamlined file. I am currently in the process of putting these comprehension guides into an ebook for sale soon through Musicuentos.com. The ebooks will improve on the Google docs by:
- eliminating irrelevant or shallow comprehension questions
- asking for more critical thinking
- including a key vocabulary list for each chapter
- offering technology integration tips, connections to core content, cultural comparison questions
- appealing more to students in an attractive ebook format
If you would like to be on an email list to be notified when these ebooks become available, send this request through the blog contact form.