Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Bringing the drama- -Skeletons in the Closet Part 2: Damage Control




El Muerto en el Armario- Skeletons in the Closet
Segunda Parte: Damage Control  

The second part of the story, which includes chapters 5-8,  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 of chapter's 9-10 dramatic close to the story. 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! 

Click here for the first installment of the story

El Muerto en el Armario- Segunda Parte 

Previous Blog Post about El Muerto en el Armario 

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 include 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. We are now are 4 chapters deep and I'd like to expand my audience.

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 subjunctive and authentic expressions. No worries about teaching vocabulary,  most of the expressions and vocabulary are included in the footnote! 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

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