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  1. I teach German, so I’ll wait to see if a Spanish teacher chimes in for book suggestions.
    I want to know, how and where you sold your books, because I would love to do that same thing! Jeez, if I got a couple hundred for all of these paper weights, I’d be thrilled! Any info. is appreciated.

    1. Leah,
      I hoped for about that much too 🙂 I literally jumped up and down and cheered when I got the news that we recieved $1,000! Those useless textbooks are EXPENSIVE!
      Our receptionist drove the books down to a place in Salem, OR. I’m working on getting the name for you, in case you can send your books to them. I’ll let you know as soon as I get the name.

      1. It’s Bookbyte in Salem OR
        I looked them up and it looks like it’s pretty easy to contact them about books that you have to sell. I hope you get great results!

        1. Thank you Lori! One more thing…who did you go to and ask to sell them? I feel like some people might be mad that I want to sell them (I am the only German teacher at the High School, but there is one at the separate Middle School campus who does use the textbooks).

          1. Well Leah, I had it kind of easy because we had LOTS of extra textbooks. The teacher before me used Realidades 1 for Spanish 1 and 2. So, I asked my principal if we could sell the extras and keep a classroom set just in case some day…(someone else, I will never use them again!)
            Sorry it’s probably not so simple for you. I know that there are resources out there where people are willing to donate for a good cause. Some teachers in Denver told me about online sources that you can write to and state your desire. Someone may be willing to put up the money for classroom novels. Sorry I don’t know the name of the sites. Does anyone else know?

  2. Lori, I think that Bryce Hedstrom has a long list of Spanish books (maybe more for upper levels?). Eric Herman, I think, does too (maybe more for beginning levels?). They say why which book fit where, too. But… since I teach Chinese I only know of these things in passing. Maybe someone else can give you links?

    1. Thanks, Diane. I found both lists and they were very helpful! Both lists are great resources with descriptions of many novels as well as their reading level.
      While that’s a GREAT start, I’m hoping that some teachers would be willing to share which novels they have found easy to use for back-wards planning, that are well-written and compelling to their students. I know there are greatly differing opions on which books are delightful and those which are kind of boring.
      Also, I would like to get some single copies of books (novels and picture books) for students to read for the first 10 minutes of class. So far I’ve been going to the library every couple of weeks to supply these. LOTS of work!

  3. Houdini from Carol Gaab is great in French and available in Spanish, I believe. I only learned French via the entire duolingo tree and read Houdini as I was in the middle or end of the tree. I would use it for level 2 personally, but 1 could do it. It’s funny and “suspenseful” with the car accident/s.

    1. Thank you Leah. That’s one I’m definitely planning on using. I used it for the beginning of Spanish 3 last year because I was just starting with CI and that’s what my students were ready for. This year I’ll use it for Spanish 2.

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