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IN EVERY CHAPTER
• Chapter vocabulary
• Pre-reading discussion questions
• Reading comprehension questions
• Post-reading discussion questions
• Follow-up activity
FEATURES AND HIGHLIGHTS
• Slideshows: La comida mexicana, Murales de Pilsen, Pilsen- un barrio de Chicago
• Video interview with artist Héctor Duarte
• Interpretive listening: Calle 13 Latinoamérica
• Film Study: El Orfanato
• Let’s Eat!: Tortilla recipe
• Beyond-the-Text readings: Who are the Chicanos?, Las tortillas, Aztlán, Ambiciosos por el bien- una familia mexicana, ¿Mexicano o Gringo? Mi dualidad
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TEACHER’S GUIDE TO ACCOMPANY La Calaca Alegre
Level 3 Reader – Supernatural Mystery
Unique Word Count: 425
Does Carlos really suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder, or are his strange sensations and life-like nightmares much more real than anyone, including Carlos, believes? Determined to solve the mystery of his mother’s disappearance, Carlos decides to return to Chicago to face his fears and find his mother, even if it means living out his nightmares in real life. As he uncovers the mystery, he discovers the truth is much more complex and evil than he ever imagined.
This story strategically weaves high-level language structures into a compelling story, which based on high-frequency vocabulary. Even upper level language students need repeated exposure to language structures in order to acquire them, and Fluency Matters’ intermediate readers maintain a high frequency factor of high-level language structures, thus helping learners progress beyond typical proficiency levels. But do not focus on language structures or the advanced grammatical features embedded in this story. Rather, focus on enjoying the story! The more you enjoy it, the more you will acquire Spanish without even realizing it! Happy reading!
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