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Bryan Kandel´s new novel, Los Sobrevivientes

A new independently published novel for level 3 and above
Last year I was offered an opportunity to test out a draft of Bryan Kandel´s new novel in my level 3 classes. I presented it to my students as a choice reading option for the end of the year. Among the students who chose to read Los Sobrevivientes, they were really into it! The novel is a gripping action story based on the true story of a plane full of Uruguayan rugby players which crashed in the Andes on its way to Santiago de Chile. Presumed dead, two men decide that they must hike their way out– without mountain climbing supplies, food, or even a clear idea of where exactly they were.

This book appeals to intermediate and advanced readers who are looking for a good action story full of courageous moments, tough decisions and ultimately an inspiring message. Great reading for heritage learners as well. Click here to check out the book trailer and additional teaching resources that Bryan has posted on his website.

To be clear: I never receive compensation for recommending books. That is obvious I hope, but I just wanted to throw that out there! -Mike Peto

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Exploring Bryan Kandel´s reading database

Recently I have been exploring Bryan Kandel´s awesome database of story scripts and readings.

pato 4One of the stories that I adapted for my class is La muñeca mágica, about a girl that asks for a wish from a magic puppet. Even though the structure pedir un deseo does not show up in the story, it was one that my class had worked with while watching El Internado and I was able to recycle it while discussing this story.

For reasons peculiar to my class I changed the puppet into a toad… and I may have made a few other very minor changes. I definitely did NOT change the awesome song, which I sang until my voice went hoarse. I also really appreciated the large amount of dialogue in this story; students had fun acting it out.

Click here for a .pdf  of my copy of the story, which includes pictures of a toad, a duck, and the structures that were new to my students. If you want a copy in .docx to make it easier to adapt then click here .

Click here to download the power point presentation  that I started with before reading the story; although my level one students had heard about arms, lips, hugging and kissing, they had never been exposed to the structure se convirtió en so I wanted to give them a little extra practice before the reading. It was enough for the time being, and I really was interested in recycling pedir deseos as I talked about the story.

Finally, below is a cartoon version created by one of my students for weekend homework. She had the story with her, so it wasn´t a rewrite but rather just another excuse to get students to reread the story. Nonetheless I love when my students put so much effort into the cartoons; the act of deciding what to include and what to cut out required a close reading on her part and I think she did a great job! Click on each picture to get a larger version.

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