Mystery and Surprises In This Beginning Spanish Reader Agentes Secretos: NEW First-year TPR Storytelling® Spanish Reader!
Pablo Picasso's mural Guernica is on display at the 1937 International Exposition. The painting contains clues to the whereabouts of the supernatural "Spear of Destiny." Its occult power can change the outcome of the Civil War, just as it has done in other battles throughout history. As Paula's imagination begins to decipher the hidden symbols, Francisco Franco's secret agents are not far behind her … !
This EASY SPANISH READER belongs to the genre of Language Learner Literature. The reader contains just 100 new vocabulary words and many English-Spanish cognates, and can be used in a Teaching Proficiency Through Reading and Storytelling®
(TPRS) classroom. ©2010, 2017. Spanish. Level 1. 8 x 5 inches. Softcover, 84 pages.
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Agentes secretos y el mural de Picasso
is perfect for the first-semester student of Spanish. The book reads like a movie: spies in hot pursuit, car chases, mishaps, running of the bulls, romance and a touch of humor. Students acquire essential vocabulary — has, is, goes, says, wants, sees, takes– while new words are slowly sprinkled into the text. Elementary, middle and high school students are fascinated by how art and history are interconnected. Teachers love what students are able to learn through Picasso and his painting of Guernica, and through the topics the book covers.Chapter Topics
Picasso's art and life
history and culture of Spain Basic Verbs Used in Bookva
cae Book's Themes
1937 International Exposition in Paris
Sainte-Chapelle and its connection to the Spear of DestinyLes Deux Magots
(Picasso's hang out)
French King Louis IX and his Spanish mother
"Guernica"- the mural
Picasso's paintings depicting bulls, bullfighting and the crucifixion
Cubism style of painting
Nazis' bombing of Guernica, SpainTEACHER REVIEW
"They are fascinated with the book, the history and the mural ... One parent
stopped by to talk about it. Several students have said that they were introducing their own parents to the history after they read and translated the first chapter to them. I even had one parent request a copy so she could read it also! I LOVE THIS BOOK and the extra dimension it gives the history and the mural. 3D at its best!" 5th Grade Teacher
What Is TPR Storytelling®?
"Teaching Proficiency Through Reading and Storytelling"
Step#1-Establish Meaning: New phrases are introduced to a class with active, repetitive "input" reinforcing lively, fun language acquisition.
Step #2-Spoken Class Story: Students hear the new phrase spoken repeatedly (narrated or acted out) within a short, simple story.
Step #3-Class Reading: Students learn to read the language that they have acquired aurally in Steps 1 and 2.
"Students don't learn by speaking; they learn by understanding what they hear andread and by internalizing the language through experimentation and interaction." Melinda Heins, Teacher
TPR Storytelling® Is an Amazing Teaching Tool!
About the Author
Mira Canion is an energizing presenter, author, photographer, stand-up comedienne, and high school teacher. Mira is best known for her spontaneous creativity and quick wit, not only as former CCFLT president and notorious pirate, but also in the classroom. She has been captivating middle and high school students for 20 years with her enthusiasm, high energy, and passion. She has developed innovative approaches to instruction that include storytelling, drama, novellas, music, videos, photos, and technology.