The nuts and bolts of reading a whole-class novel

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In my classroom I teach 2-4 novels per year. When selecting novels, I want to choose books that are going to be at a comfortable level for the students. I err on the side of “too easy.” Books that are too hard will feel too much like drudgery and the reading will not be enjoyable. I also try to balance the “girl characters” and “boy characters.” Finally, I like to have a broad representation of the Spanish-speaking world in each level.

Currently I do not teach Spanish 1, but the level 1 kids in my district read El Nuevo Houdini by Carol Gaab first semester and Piratas del Caribe y el mapa secreto by Mira Canion and Carol Gaab second semester.

In Spanish 2, my students read Noches misteriosas en Granada by Kristy Placido, Esperanza by Carol Gaab, Robo en la noche by Kristy…

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