My 8th graders just finished reading "El Viaje Perdido" and it went really well! It was definitely a stretch for some of them, but after a year of FVR, and some easier class novels, I felt like we were up to the challenge.
Here are my plans.
I used this novel to provide comprehensible input that would also allow me to explicitly teach the
preterite tense, as my department requires.
students take notes on their own while I was at an amazing conference soaking up fantastic ideas from inspiring teachers! Here are the guided notes I gave them to complete while watching his videos. The links to his videos are embedded in the document. (Click the read more button to see what I did with all the extra time that created!)
I decided I was going to start showing my 7th graders how to do this. I made this handout for them and explained that we were going to practice how to study today. I told them that these strategies will apply to other classes and will be extra useful for high school. One of my students exclaimed "This is so helpful! All teachers should do this! I never know how to study!" I felt immediately satisfied that this was a necessary lesson.
Then we do one of their favorite activities all year: Pronoun TPR. Here's a video demo.