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Teaching Foreign Languages K–12

A Library of Classroom Practices

Interpreting Literature

Video Summary
In this lesson, students discuss Dos caras (Two faces), by New Mexico author Sabine Ulibarri. Having read the story in previous classes, the students begin by summarizing and interpreting the story and its moral message. To show they understood what they have read, students dramatize scenes from Dos caras, then work in groups to create alternate endings. The class also listens to a student's oral presentation about a local artist.

Standards Addressed


Interpersonal, Interpretive, Presentational




Making Connections, Acquiring Information


School and Community

Key Terms
heritage speaker
negotiation of meaning
proficiency level

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images from Pope Bennett Spanish class

Classroom at a Glance
Teacher: Barbara Pope Bennett
Language: Spanish III (IB)
Grade: 11
School: Benjamin Banneker Academic High School, Washington, D.C.
Lesson Date: December 12
Class Size: 23
Schedule: 45-90 minutes; alternate week block schedule*

*The class meets for 45-55 minutes daily every other week. On the alternate week, the class meets three days for 55 minutes each and one day for 90 minutes.

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