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Tumba Chapter 3 - Altares

Spanish I is continuing to read Tumba by Mira Canion. The teachers guide and audio book can be purchased herePrevious posts include introducing the novelChapter 1 & Chapter 2

Chapter 3 is focused on the alters created for Day of the Dead. Before starting the chapter we did the following activities related to las ofrendas and los altares. 
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Video - Ofrenda



This Video on Vimeo does not have any words, but instead shows some of the vocabulary on the screen related to an ofrenda such as papel picado, flores, la Catrina, calaveras and more. It is perfect to use for movie talk, pausing and describing what is being shown. 


Altar infographic



We used this infographic last fall during our Day of the Dead mini unit. Students used their computers to view the infographic, while answering reading comprehension questions English. It could also be printed, or posted in the room to do a similar activity. To review for this chapter, I projected it, and we discussed in Spanish what elements are typically included. We also discussed what they would put on an alter of a loved one. 


Creating an altar
If we had not already done this in the fall, after reading chapter 3 would be a great time to have the students create altars for someone they know, or a famous person who has passed away. These could be drawn on paper and described, or actually created in class. 

Instead, after I read and discussed chapter 3, we listened to the audio book of the chapter and students drew out the altar that is described, as well as the other people and events in the chapter. They then explained their drawings to a friend, once again reviewing the chapter. 

More Resources for Altars
Another infografic about the elements of an ofrenda 
Anatomy of an Ofrenda Infografic
Zachary Jones - Alter Doodle

Next Chapter 4!

6 comments

  1. Thanks for sharing these ideas! Gracias :-)

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  2. How long have you spent on each chapter? I know you've been blogging it, but I'm trying to figure out timing for this book with my classes next year. How long are your class periods and how many class periods have you used for each chapter?

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    1. Morgan, Our class periods are 45 minutes(30 on Wednesday). I usually plan for 2 days per chapter. One day to intro chapter with personalized questions, I read to class, and some kind of discussion questions. Day 2 for expanded culture of chapter, activity, and some kind of retell of chapter (listen to audio & draw, reader's theater, re-read with partner or alone, etc). Sometimes it takes longer the first couple of chapters to get going, and then faster at end once they understand the story better. You could go a lot faster if you were just focusing on the story and not expanded culture, or make it even longer with more in depth outside expansion.
      Let me know if you have any more questions! Allison

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  3. ¡Muchísimas gracias por todos los recursos que compartes en internet! He empezado "Tumba" con mi clase de Español I y, hasta ahora, se ha ido bastante bien. Te escribo con un solo comentario de ortografía: la palabra "altar" en español se traduce a "altar" en inglés (con "a"). Has escrito "alter" que sería más "alter ego" que "the church has an altar". Un saludo! J. Newman

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    1. Muchas gracias!!! Mi ortografía en inglés es horible!!

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