Before we jumped into Chapter 9, we did a little prediction!
I gave my students this pre-reading writing prompt for discussion: El Capítulo 9 de El Nuevo Houdini se llama “Una foto especial”. ¿Quién va a estar en la foto? ¿Quién va a sacar la foto? ¿Qué van a estar haciendo las personas en la foto?
Students did the pre-reading activity, and sent the images that they created to me.
I showed each image to the class, and we discussed “¿Por qué es una foto especial?”
Time to read!
I read the chapter aloud to the students., then we discussed the questions included in the Teacher’s Guide
After our shared reading, the students re-read the chapter on their own and completed this reading guide.
Post-reading group work
Students worked in pairs or groups of three students to complete the Categorías activity in the Teacher’s Guide. I made a re-usable class set of the pieces so that I can use it year after year!
Cultural content connection
I projected the reading from the Teacher’s Guide about Adolescentes en México, and we read and discussed it as a class, comparing their lives to the lives of my students.
I received express, written consent from the publisher to share the materials that I created for this novel in this blog post. I am not compensated in any way by the author or publisher for writing this post.
More resources for teaching El nuevo Houdini
Pre-reading: Houdini Rope Escape
- El nuevo Houdini, Chapter 1
- El nuevo Houdini, Chapters 1-2
- El nuevo Houdini, Chapter 2
- El nuevo Houdini, Chapter 3
- El nuevo Houdini, Chapter 4
- El nuevo Houdini, Chapter 5
- El nuevo Houdini, Chapter 6
- El nuevo Houdini, Chapter 7
- El nuevo Houdini, Chapter 8
- El nuevo Houdini, Chapter 9
- El nuevo Houdini, Chapter 10
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- Traffic Light Activities to keep the reading process novel
- Use speed dating to help your students find their perfect book.
- Are my students ready to read this book?
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