La clase de confesiones -Spanish Level 1+ Reader: Glossary and TM included!

                                        La clase de confesiones

A Spanish 1+ novel written mostly in the present tense novel with under 150 new words (non-cognates, basic level 1 vocabulary with a few other gems). 

Now available to order at Amazon: http://amzn.to/2pIu4VS.   Let the confessions begin!

Synopsis: Carlos hates Spanish class with a passion but finds the will to survive when he lays eyes on Jessica. She is the reason he “tolerates” his boring class. However, his secret crush is compromised when his teacher decides to “shake things up a bit” in class. A simple writing assignment turns out to be a lethal injection to his social life and by extension his chances with Jessica. First, his nosy teacher tries to “set him up with Jessica,” this plan immediately backfires. Then, the unthinkable happens and Carlos is stunned. This turns into one of the most embarrassing moments in his life. But all is not lost. If Carlos plays his cards right, he could have a winning hand.   Carlos invites you to come along on this adventure into “La clase de confesiones” where…”todos tienen una confesión,” even the teacher!

Excerpt from chapter 2: El profesor Martín (Free Teacher’s Manual of Confesiones)

...Carlos mira a Jessica. Ella saca su cuaderno, una pluma rosada y su móvil. Él piensa que Jessica es muy hermosa. Le gusta su cara. Le gustan sus zapatos y su ropa.  Pero, lo que más le gustan, son sus ojos. Le gustan los ojos de Jessica. Sus ojos son grandes y cafés. Carlos ya no mira a Jessica porque alguien está bloqueando su vista.

Carlos- no la mires tanto– dice el profesor Martín. 


El profesor Martín mira a Carlos mientras él mira a Jessica.  


¿Tienes la tarea? – dice el profesor. 


No, no la tengo. ¿La puedo traer mañana?– pregunta Carlos


Si no miras a Jessica tal vez puedes hacer tu tarea- dice el profesor. 

Carlos mira al profesor. 


Yo no acepto el trabajo tardío– dice el profesor


-¿Puede usted hacer una excepción? Yo tuve práctica de beisbol. ¿Puedo traer la tarea mañana? – pregunta Carlos, otra vez.  

-Más te vale- dice el profesor. 


Preview


This is just the tip of the iceberg for Carlos. Not only does the teacher shakes things up in class, but a normal run-of-mill- writing assignment turns fatal for Carlos’ social life. In an attempt to “pair” Carlos with the girl he has been crushing on, the teacher makes a critical move that backfires and throws Carlos’ life into a tailspin. As Carlos tries to dig himself out of this hole, he actually digs it deeper! He endures endless teasing and gossipy teachers as everyone discovers his secret. He is literally in a “camiseta de once varas.” Carlos soon realizes that his mentiras can only get his so much mileage and that only can the truth set him free….but will it be enough for Jessica?


Themes: Friendship, Love, Bullying, Decisions, and Character.

The story features most vocabulary associated with the classroom such as school supplies, classes, class furniture, prepositional phrases and activities related to the classroom activities. Stretching their vocabulary a bit, there is a little bit of poetry from one of the characters such as “ ella es el sol que ilumina mi día” in addition to common idiomatic expressions such as más te vale, no lo aguanto ni en pintura.  Phrases such as these are footnoted, listed in the pre-reading vocabulary and practiced in pre-reading exercises.  My student also used some of this vocabulary to talk about their other teachers (what happens in Spanish class stays in Spanish class!).

 

 As students read this story, they were on the edge of their seats (they wanted to read aloud because it was fun. I was the narrator to keep the flow). There is a considerable dialogue for it to be read aloud. There are also some lines for the whole class such as “¡Vaya!” and “!Ohhhhhh!” during an intense debate in chapter 10 of the sequel; La bella mentira.  The boys were rooting for Carlos the whole time (Dude, why did you do that?- Jamal), and the girls fell in love with his attempts to woe Jessica (and other funny characters- Rubén is a riot). I had originally written only 5 chapters, but they wanted to know what ever happened with Carlos and Jessica, so I finished with La Bella Mentira. The ending will not disappoint. 

La clase de confesiones partes 1 &2 Novel Bundle! Twice the fun… after reading part 1, your students will be begging for more…¡ te lo garantizo! 

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Amazing Side Note 

As a post-reading assignment, they begged to write a sequel and prequel so I have them class time to do this (We were at the end of the unit and it was time to assess and move on). One of my students, who came with no experience whatsoever in Spanish, wrote one of the best alternative endings. I included the brief synopsis below. 


The students were asking me the feminine version of Patán (jerk), the name Jessica calls Carlos in the story (intense scene, but funny). So I could only think of mosquita muerta. Well, Hannah ended up using it in her story. Also, one of the motivations of Carlos’ lie was that he had been rejected. She included this, the past tense phrase (not many) in the story into her narrative. It was beautiful and made me think of how students really are sponges. 

I wish I could say that was the end but..Carlos’ adventures don’t stop here… Carlos mete la pata otra vez

Part 2, takes the adventure up a notch.

Carlos is having a bad day, and it’s about to get worse. He leaves Spanish class utterly embarrassed.  He had no idea that the teacher was going to partner him up with Jessica, the girl he actually writes about in his class essay. Adding insult to injury, the teacher reads his essay in front of the class, even the mean-spirited things he wrote about his teacher. After running into a few more problems in math class, he is faced with the big showdown in the lunchroom. Now, Carlos is between *”la espada y la pared.” However, a short story in Spanish class may hold the key to all of his problems, and may ultimately lead to his biggest confession of all.  Find out in part 2! 

Excerpt from chapter 2: La Bella Mentira 

Es jueves y Carlos está triste. Está triste porque tiene la clase de español. La clase de español ya no es su clase favorita. No es su clase favorita porque Carlos escribe sobre Jessica y todos los estudiantes escuchan el reporte de Carlos. La clase de español ya no es su clase favorita porque Carlos dice comentarios muy malos del profesor. Ahora Carlos está triste porque Jessica está en la clase de español. Carlos piensa en el mensaje de texto de Jessica << Eres un patán.>>


Antes de la clase, Carlos ve a Lucas, su amigo en el pasillo: 


Hola Carlos, ¿cómo andas? hermano- dice Lucas. 


Bastante mal, lee esto- dice Carlos. Carlos le enseña a Lucas el texto de Jessica.  


Lucas lee el primero texto de Jessica 


<<Tengo una confesión: tú eres el chico de la clase de español.  También me gustas.>>

Lucas responde: 

-Enhorabuena, ¡Jessica te gusta!


No exactamente. -Ahora, lee el otro mensaje- dice Carlos


<<Carlos, yo pienso que te gusto pero veo que no. Eres un mentiroso y todo que escribes en la clase de español es una mentira. No me gustan los mentirosos. Yo soy alérgica a los mentirosos.  Yo no quiero hablar contigo… y otra cosa… Eres un patán- Jessy.>>


Lucas lee el segundo mensaje de texto y responde:


 ¡Caray! Esto no es bueno. 


Sí, yo sé- dice Carlos con un tono triste. –Y ahora tengo la clase de español. 


Jessica está en la clase. Carlos le explica la situación a Lucas. Después, Lucas dice:


-Carlos, ánimo. Yo te ayudo. Tú tienes que ser honesto con ella.  


-¿Honesto?… pero ¿cómo?- pregunta Carlos.  


Pues, habla con ella. Dile que tú eres un chico estúpido y que todos necesitamos  una segunda oportunidad.  


-¿Eso es todo?- pregunta Carlos.  

-Sí, no es muy complicado- dice Lucas. 

Pero, ¡Carlos mete la pata otra vez! Find out in part 2!

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“Si juegas con fuego, te vas a quemar;” Camilo learns the hard way that he can’t have his cake, and eat it too! This novel will engage your students as they discover that some secrets, should not come out the closet!

El Muerto en el Armario- Skeletons in the Closet

Target structures: Present/Past Subjunctive

¡Ojalá que lo disfrutes!

Segunda Parte: Damage Control  

El muerto cover- closet door

The installment part of the story “Las apariencias”  ups the stakes, Liliana and Camilo. Their little secret is out: and there will be consequences. Through a series of clever maneuvers, they are still able to evade the truth; but the time is running out. A very close encounter with Juan, that will put students “pelos de punta” builds suspense as our friend Liliana is hiding the closet. Not only does Juan have Camilo’s cell phone, that was left at school, but he also has his contraseña.  The interaction between Juan and Camilo heightens senses as Juan revealed that he has read some of those steamy (nothing inappropriate) messages.  Liliana, who is mired “frenemy” behavior, adds to her personal drama when she discovers a secret, belonging to one of Camilo’s parents. The second installment is chock full of confessions, secrets and mysterious people that will inevitably be at the center book dramatic close, and then dramatic open of “Las sombras.”  How will Camilo’s parents handle her knowing sensitive information? Will Juan find out she is a traitor? How will Salomé exact revenge… find out in part 2! 

Interested in doing this a fun class novel read? No problem, download the Free Teacher’s Manual.

Click here for the first installment of the story

El Muerto en el Armario- Segunda Parte 

Las apariencias engañan: where the drama begins!

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I was thrilled by the concept of Novelas por Entregas such as those you read in Vanidades Magazine. I took a Hispanic American Literature class years ago and learned that authors in the 19th century published chapters of their work prior to publishing a novel.

Inspired by this idea, I created this series for my Spanish IV class. I started by trying to write a simple story that would include the subjunctive. As an on-the-go teacher, it was virtually impossible for me to curate materials (that included both vocabulary and grammar) and control for many other variables, so I create my own. It started out as one story and now it is a full-blown series. After the first chapter, El Psicólogo (the original name of the cuento) students were asking for more. I started writing during my weekends to keep up with the demand. Now, I am working on the last installment, “Las sombras” which could stand alone as it’s own novel or 2 part series. These stories were fun to read as class, as students were freaking out as the plot twists developed- there are some unexpected turns with the first one and everyone had to go back to read the chapter to see the twist. This was exciting as a writer, but even more thrilling as a teacher!

The story starts with a group of close friends who have some pretty deep secrets. The main character Salomé (which students kept calling Salami- so irritating!) is going through a mala racha. With family problems, slipping grades and an ever-so-distant boyfriend, she begins to suspect the worst.  Her best friend helps her to discover that her goody-two-shoe boyfriend has some serious skeletons in the closet; this is just the tip of the iceberg.

The story is dialogue-based is replete with phrases that help students to practice the subjunctive and authentic expressions. No worries about teaching vocabulary,  most of the expressions and vocabulary are included in the footnote! I am working on a glossary, but am also in the process of publishing my limited series books first such as La clase de confesiones, La bella mentira y Casi me mata el celular. The glossary and then print version of this series should be ready soon. Both ebooks are one TPT.  My students did not miss a beat with the vocabulary accessible to them. Click here for the sample. 

Audience

This story may be best suited for Spanish 3 and above. There are a few kissing scenes, romantic talk and threats such as ” Me las vas a pagar, te lo juro.” There is some back-stabbing, betrayal, espionage and eventually a mysterious murder involved. I was surprised that the boys in my class rivaled the girls in their interest in the storyline.

Click here for the first installment of the story

Enjoy, both books have great reviews!