A CI classic that carves new words in the students´minds
It was almost seven years ago that for the first time I read La Hija del Sastre by Carrie Toth with my Spanish 3 students. At first we thought that the main goal of this story was to inform us about facts about the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939). As we delved into the story, (after having read a very good introduction about the most important aspects of the Spanish Civil War, as only Fluency Matters knows how to do it) both students and I realized that we were facing a story that would be very hard to abandon.
Carrie Toth tells us the story of Emilia Matamoros, a girl who sees her teenage life truncated because of the Spanish Civil War. In this story full of action and romanticism, Toth makes it clear that family love, personal values and even romanticism can survive the vicissitudes of war.
La Hija del Sastre, successfully achieves its goal of helping Spanish as a second language students at the intermediate level of proficiency to acquire vocabulary in an interesting, exciting and effective way.
e read La Hija del Sastre as class reading in my Spanish 3 class (sometimes in the Spanish 4 class). This gives us the opportunity to exchange ideas, make predictions, and acting some scenes which has resulted in quick acquisition of many words related to the story. I’m positive that my students will never forget words like, sótano, soldados, sastre, miedo, cárcel, huir, vergüenza, jamás, and many more. Toth has been able to make this reading compelling and unique.
In my opinion, LHDS (acronym that we use with my students) is a CI novel that truly helps our students in their Spanish language acquisition in a didactic but fun way.
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