I follow the teacher’s guide quite closely for this unit since I wrote it!
I also do some extra study of Costa Rica and the environment.
I use this activity after Chapter 4
A great video to watch and discuss:
Producir agua del aire: Peru
For the “salsa dancing” chapter in the book I invite some student dancers to give salsa lessons to the class and we do a “dance off.” SUPER FUN!
We discuss food in Costa Rica and we do several of these activities:
My all-time favorite part of this unit is this video activity!
This novel is part of my “Lo Sobrenatural” Unit.
PART 1: When Objects Come to Life!
I begin with some “20 second responses” in which students just talk freely to their partner for 20 seconds each on the following topics:
- los miedos
- un mal compañero de cuarto
- como cuidar un objeto precioso
Dirt Devil commercial https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=aGb8pMIeY6w&feature=youtu.be
Short story – La Casa Tomada – embedded readings adapted by Carrie Toth
More resources for ALMA!
PART 2: Hambre por sangre
Watch THIS VIDEO (Vampires Crown) and ask many, many questions about it.
Read more here: http://palmyraspanish1.blogspot.com/2013/01/short-films-ci-el-vampiro-y-la-dentista.html
Discuss the leyenda of El Chupacabras
I’d like to use the short story “El almohadon de plumas” but I cut it out to save time.
PART 3: Los fantasmas y los monstruos
Novel – La Calaca Alegre by Carrie Toth
Film short “Mamá” movie talk https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WRqS6pBC42w
Full film – El orfanato