So, as I’ve mentioned before, I am struggling this year to make leeway with my Spanish for Native Speakers class. Through November and December we did a reading circles unit, which bombed. Then we watched La Misma Luna, which went over pretty well. Now I’m going to ask them to write a comparative essay (or maybe just the outline of it?) over the main characters’ perspectives in the movie and the texts- yes, the ones that fell flat. Sounds like a recipe for disaster, right?
Fortunately, I found this gem: https://unlugarpropio.files.wordpress.com/2013/08/ensayo-de-comparacic3b3n-y-contraste.pdf
And I am thankful to its author. The students actually worked hard as we read together, analyzing the different parts of a comparative essay and picking apart the example provided. We had some very productive discussion and they tried very hard to stay in Spanish. Isn’t amazing how much Heritage Learners hate speaking Spanish when it is asked of them? I don’t force it, but I do beg and plead.
Tomorrow we will begin to choose which of the two formats we will use (individually, I mean), and we will follow the esquemas provided to sketch out our plan for our essays.
This could be the very best Christmas present of all this year!