Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Reading Skills in Spanish class

Many schools incorporate basic skills across the curriculum. At my school we are required to include reading and math strategies and practice, no matter what subjects we teach. I actually really enjoy it--a math game with Spanish numbers, or pre-reading strategies before a Spanish story... they are good for all students.

We use Accelerated Reader at our school K-12. A few years ago, with the help of the media specialist here, I incorporated a cultural reading assignment in my Spanish classes. I found several books that are in English but center around Hispanic culture and might include some Spanish words. Each quarter my students are required to read one book from the list, take the corresponding Accelerated Reader Quiz, and complete a short project based on a cultural aspect from the book. The books are easy and appropriate for middle school and early high school. Some are more historical than others and all are enjoyable. (I've read them all!) This project is one more way to incorporate some culture in my classes.

Book List 

(Note: I included links to Amazon for you to view the book and description if you'd like.)

Amigas: Fifteen Candles by Veronica Chambers (Any of this series would probably be good but I have not read them all.)
Becoming Neomí León by Pam Muñoz Ryan
Before We Were Free by Julia Alvarez
Breaking Through by Francisco Jimenez
Buried Onions by Gary Soto
Cuba 15 by Nancy Osa
The Circuit by Francisco Jimenez
The Crossing by Gary Paulsen
Esperanza Rising by Pam Muñoz Ryan
Heat by Mike Lupica
Help Wanted by Gary Soto
The Jumping Tree by Rene Saldana, Jr.
La Línea by Ann Jaramillo
Shadow of a Bull by Maia Wojchiechowska
Spirits of the High Mesa by Floyd Martinez
Taking Sides by Gary Soto
The Tequila Worm by Viola Canales 

If you have a suggestion for my list, please leave a comment below. Thanks!


  1. What about "Bless me Ultima" ?

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