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IN EVERY CHAPTER
• Chapter vocabulary
• Pre-reading questions
• Comprehension questions
• Blooming Comprehension: questions
based on Bloom’s taxonomy verbs
• Post-reading questions
• Apt Apps
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• Slideshows: El territorio y el graffi ti, Los tatuajes, Vida y muerte abordo de la Bestia
• Reader’s Theater scripts
• AP/IB Alley activities
• Interactive Notebook activities to chronicle events of the story
• Pin Play activities: Build engagement with Pinterest
• Authentic Additions: Connect with authentic resources
• Shake-it-Up kinesthetic activities
• Pop-up grammar topics with Grammar Bubble activities
• Question Quandary to develop questioning skills
• ACTFL Can-Do’s
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TEACHER’S GUIDE TO ACCOMPANY Vida y muerte en la Mara Salvatrucha
Level 3 Reader – Realistic Fiction
Unique Word Count: 428
This compelling drama recounts life (and death) in one ofthe most violent and well-known gangs in Los Angeles, LaMara Salvatrucha. Joining MS-13 brings certain gang-relatedresponsibilities, but being born into La Salvatrucha requires muchmore. Sometimes it even requires your life! This is a gripping storyof one gang member’s struggle to find freedom.
Note: “Although this is not a true story, it is inspired by true events. It neither glorifies gang life nor promotes it. On the contrary, it paints a realistic picture of the pain, suffering and stress that gang life naturally causes and compels the reader to consider the human condition as it relates to our need for love, friendship, belonging and forgiveness.”
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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