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Every year, Americans around the nation get together to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15th through October 15th. The contributions Hispanic Americans have made to the United States are endless and inspiring, and they have had a profound and positive impact on our county.

Training Session #3: Cool Reads for Hot Days- Resources for your Spanish Classroom

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Jul 20

It's time for a mental break! Let's kick the weekend off with some summer pleasure reads. Enjoy!

 

Historias de mujeres by Rosa Montero

Anecdotes about exceptional women told through the narrative of one of most accomplished writers in Spanish today. Includes stories from the lives of important women such as Frida Kahlo, the Bronte sisters, Simone de Beauvoir, Agatha Christie and others.

 

 

El reino animal by Sergio Ramírez 

The stories in this book invite us to meet animals that come alive, think, feel and are totally aware of their own limits. From articles to fables, this author achieves richness with humor and irony. Whether they are metaphors of fate, extraordinary or routine appearances, the creatures in this book reflect our own humanity.

 

El lápiz del carpintero by Manuel Rivas

This novel has been a best seller in Spain and has been translated to various languages. Written by one of the most admired contemporary Spanish writers, and set during the dark days of the Spanish Civil War, the novel charts the linked destinies of a doctor, a girl and a painter through the painter’s pencil.

 

 La fiesta del chivo by Mario Vargas Llosa

Based on the historical facts of the last days of one of the most tyrannical dictators of Latin America, Rafael Leonidas Trujillo, Vargas Llosa masterfully recounts the story of Urania Cabral, who returns to the Dominican Republic during this time to confront a terrifying past. This is a must read for lovers of historical fiction. The novel was made into a movie of the same name in 2006, starring Isabella Rossellini, Steven Bauer, Juan Diego Botto and David Zayas, and is available on DVD.

 

 

Vlad by Carlos Fuentes

This is a must for lovers of vampire stories! This is a clever retelling(with a few original twists) of the Dracula story, but set in Mexico City.  A lesser known but delicious masterpiece by the acclaimed Mexican author.

 

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Melissa Drummond July 27, 2012 at 5:55 PM Reply
¿Cuál es el nivel de dificultad de cada libro? Quisiera leer con unos estudiantes adultos. Entienden mucho vocabulario pero no leen sin dificultad, así que necesito escogerles libros con cuidado. Especialmente me gusta saber del libro El lápiz del carpintero.
Mario Nunez July 27, 2012 at 8:31 PM Reply
Estimada Melissa: Estas son novelas escritas por hispanoablantes para hispanoablantes, a un nivel de dificultad de la lectura comparable al de un adulto cuyo primer idioma es el español, y no estan concebidas para ser usadas didacticamente. En terminos de los niveles de habilidad linguistica de ACTFL, probablemente los niveles de dificultad fluctuarian (dependiendo de la novela) entre Intermedio o Avanzado.
La fluidez en la lectura se adquiere con la practica. Le aconsejaria que considerara iniciar a sus estudiantes adultos con una serie de lectura graduada, como la serie de Santillana de "Leer en español".
Aqui le incluyo la pagina web para que la pueda examinar:
http://www.santillanausa.com/catalogs/santillana-usa-k12-catalog/spanish-as-a-world-language/leer-en-espanol.html
Espero que esta nota le haya aclarado sus dudas.
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