Pobre Ana Reading Plan

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  1. Thanks Bryce!! I especially appreciate the advice about going DEEP with the first two chapters, giving the situation lots of time to ferment in their heads and hearts. And so timely, as I am going to get started with Pobre Ana in a week or two with my level ones (basically their end of year… block classes). I’m printing it off right now!

  2. This is wonderful. Now I wish your materials were in Russian! I’m tempted to get them to be able to translate them. This guidance makes me feel more excited about teaching this novel!

  3. MIchele,
    Translating into Russian would be great. Do you speak enough Spanish to do that? Let me know I will help you. I took a year of Russian in college, but I haven’t used it for years, so would be of no help in writing it in Russian, but I am still interested in the language and culture.

  4. Bryce,
    I am currently translating Houdini into Russian, because it’s such an awesome story, with all the kinds of things that kids want to be able to talk about. I can read PA pretty easily in Spanish, as well as most of the other year one-two novels.
    Just an update…I had my adult class last night, and was able to have a great deal of fun teaching just the first paragraph or two of PA following your less-saintly look at the book. It had never occurred to me to do it that way. Now I am looking forward to doing the same with my first-year class.
    Thanks!!

  5. Bryce,
    I use Arme Anna for my German classes and am sure your teachers guide would be useful – though of course I have to adjust not only for language but also for culture. (Anna goes to Switzerland.) If I order the book and adapt it, you’re fine with that, right?
    Thanks!
    Robert

  6. Robert ,
    You can adapt the materials into German for your personal use in your classroom. If it seems like it would be something useful for other teachers to have, you and I can talk because it is copyrighted.

  7. I know this is more than a year after the thread began, but thanks for posting this. I didn’t see it in December.
    My dept. has had it with Pobre Ana after 11 years. They have taught it 2-3 times a year for 11 years. THAT repetition, plus the reps in PA has done them in, I guess. This post is what they need to read. I’ve been trying to subtly say this for the last few years that it is more about the CI and the “conversation” than the reading of the book, but I could not have said it any better than this. Thanks. Mark

  8. Thanks for the feedback, Mark. What we do is a different kind of teaching. It is truly student focused. It is, as you said, “about the CI and the conversation”.
    Are you planning on being at NTPRS in St. Louis this summer? I would like meeting you face to face. All of us on this blog should figure out how to get together there. See you in Saint Louie, Louie?

  9. We could arrange a meeting of the Ben’s blogger society! I am going to be there too, and I would love to be able to put names to faces. Wonder how many of this group will be here. We could all add something to our name tags so that we’d be recognizable or walk around barefoot (or something scandalous like that).

  10. Even if we don’t get to know each other this summer, we’ll be able to do so over the next year as we post video. I want the size of the group on the smaller side anyway, especially here as we begin. We need that trust piece, as the work I envisage here is quite unique, not for everybody.

  11. Bryce includes the time each chapter should take. Considering that we have discussed preteaching high frequency structures from each chapter, it seems that he does not do this. Either he doesn’t preteach them or he does it a lot quicker than I thought one could in order for chapters to only last 1 or 2 days. Can anyone fill me in on his process?

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