Casi me mata el celular, a short story for Spanish class!
Last summer, I wanted to write a story that would pique the interest of young boys/men in the class. There is quite a body of L1 research highlighting the discrepancy between girls and boys reading habits and interest. In the world language classroom, I have seen with my own students how the girls gobble up literature and the boys, well, they take time in finding their "reading stride." This short story, Casi me mata el celular, was conceived with the purpose of "enganchando" the boys in the class and adding details that would involve them in the story (synopsis below). There is a little bit of guy humor, mild violence and allusion to popular video games that surrounds the problem-saturated drama. Although this novella, is great for boys, the girls won't shy away, there is something here for everyone (very odd blooming romance from two unlikely characters-unnervingly hilarious).
So, if your students are looking for a crime/suspense novel with a bold adventure, Casi me mata el celular, will satisfy your students' thrill-seeking quest. The story could be a great addition to your FVR library or even a quick class read. It comes with a Teacher Manual with 26 activities that include speaking, writing and reading comprehension in addition to vocabulary lists. Check out the specs:
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Vocabulary: Technology related/ Crime
Target structures: Preterite, Imperfect, some subjunctive
There is a mild gun violence (3rd chapter), it is the crux of what they see.
Federico and his friends have a pretty simple life. They love to play basketball, soccer and go skateboarding at the park. They also love to go to their favorite hangout out, La librería, El Curioso: the only abandoned building left in a slowly up and coming town. This space gives them the privacy they need to practice pranks and other hilarious stunts to upload to Youtube. But the night of Friday the 13, their joke goes sour. While shooting the breeze and popping firecrackers, they stumble upon an uncanny situation. In an effort to satisfy their curiosity, they witness something will change their lives forever. Now the boys have to try to make it out of this situation, alive.