Last December, I created I Can Statements for students to check off after we created several class stories, read parallel stories from previous years, personalized information to the students in the class, and completed several MovieTalks. The I Can Statements provided a clear list for the students of what they could do after completing the "unit". (More detailed information about the I Can Statements can be found HERE. To be clear, the statements are not directly related to ACTFL's CAN DO statements, but were inspired after my chat with Michele Whaley at ACTFL14.)
After using the I Can Statements with my students, I started thinking about how I could do something similar for the novels that we read in class.
Below are I Can Statements I made last spring for the book Fiesta Fatal by Mira Canion.
Chapters 1-5 (link to doc):
Chapters 6-10 (link to doc):
Fiesta Fatal begins in Mexico, with references to towns in Mexico, markets, azoteas, quinceañeras, transportation, and other related culture. The I Can Statements include information on culture, as well as specific statements related to students' language abilities such as retells, making predictions, listening skills, and comparing.
The I Can Statements help the students, parents, and administration see the benefits of reading novels in the second language. One option is to revise the documents to add lines for parent signatures. For example, add 7 lines for a parent to initial, but only 5 of the 7 need to be initialed. The students choose 5 of the 7 to demonstrate their skill to a parent. I think parents will enjoy hearing their son or daughter speaking in Spanish, even if they don't understand what they're saying.
I have similar documents started for the other novels we read in class, but I still need to create the sketches to go with them and finish the documents. They would be completed at this time, but . . . I've become hooked on reading popular fiction novels in Spanish (como: La Chica del Tren, Perdida, La Ladrona de Libros, Ve y Pon un Centinela,) and there are many others on my shelf or on Amazon calling my name. :-)