I am thrilled to introduce my newest story "La fiesta inolvidable for level 2. This story about an unsuspecting teen and his experience in throwing a party albeit with a few hiccups. La fiesta inolvidable will definitely lighten the mood in class as it is filled with funny situations, close calls, hilarious characters, and scenarios totally relatable to teens. Some of the thematic vocabulary includes:
Prevalent Structures include:
- Past perfect
- Some subjunctive
Students will definitely relate to the bothersome but crafty little sister (I think this character was inspired by my brother), the helicopter mom, impatient dad and, the cougar grandmother (okay, this one may be a little crazy, I"ll admit) and a host of friends who think they have all their bases covered (the youth these days!). The story also sprinkled with a few common Spanish saying such as "Ni papa" "Lo pasado, pasado está," and "Llevar la fiesta en paz" (well, this literally). If your students have ever tried to get away with something, which I sure they have, then this story will have them laughing at themselves and at the characters attempt to pull this party off (confession, my brothers and I threw parties all the time!).
The story includes a glossary. Furthermore, unfamiliar "critical" words are also footnoted so students don't skip a beat. If you using this a quick class read, then great! You will definitely benefit from the student activities included in the packet. It entails several activities for deeper engagement such as:
- Pre-reading questions
- Post-comprehension questions
- Preterite v.s. Imperfect activity
- Planning the perfect party activity
Antonio follows a teen blogger who writes about throwing bang-up parties, of course in the absence of parents. Lucas, alias, el parrandero has a few "secret" parties under his belt. Antonio's big break comes when his parents have to take a short trip to check up on his grandmother. Turns out that the widowed grandma is now back on the dating scene, dating a man that almost half her age. Antonio's dad resolves to go visit her and "set" the potential boyfriend straight. This is Antonio's chance to put into effect the 5 golden rules of throwing a "fiesta inolvidable."
However, Antonio a few snags in his plan could possible thwart his efforts. First, his sweet-angel-faced sister blackmails him and swindles him out of some much-needed cash. Then his mom refuses to leave him alone- his anxious friends are blowing up his Snapchat ready to invade his house. Then, the dust settles and now, his party plans are in full effect. He follows the 5 golden rules of throwing a party, and everything pays off, well almost. His love interest is present in the midst of all his friends, he couldn't ask for more. Then suddenly, things take a turn for the worst. When he least expects it, several obstacles arise, putting at risk his hard work. He and his friends work freaky fast to make everything perfect, but they forget some very vital details. Check out the 3 chapter preview below:
Synopsis for students (This is what students have in their packet).
Antonio dreams about throwing the biggest party ever when he finally gets his big break: his parents are taking a short trip to take care of some “family business.” Armed with the advice of his friend and teen blogger, Lucas, a.k.a. el parrandero (party animal), his weekend fiesta is destined to be unforgettable. Antonio follows Lucas’ five rules of “fiestas inolvidables” and everything is smooth sailing. Even better, Antonio’s love interest shows up; now the pressure is on. Everyone is having a blast when a few unexpected obstacles arise. Antonio has to think quick on his feet in order to have the best party ever. However, will his skills be enough? Find out in La fiesta inolvidable… a night to remember!
La fiesta inolvidable- comprehensible, funny short story for Spanish class.
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*Unfamiliar words, such as "Consejos" and "Cazafortunas" are footnoted in the story.