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Tasksheet on My Very Own Room by Amada Irma Pérez

Pre-reading task:

Think about and write 2-3 sentences about the importance of having some private space for someone.


  • Read My Very Own Room by Amada Irma Pérez. The book is bilingual, English and Spanish as the author Pérez is a second generation Mexican American. You'll find the book uploaded on CooSpace under "Readers".
  • While reading make a list of words or expressions that carry most of the cultural information (that are culturally-loaded). (Don't forget to enjoy the storyJ)


  • Write an outline of the main events/points, using the cultural words and expressions.
  • Collect major themes that appear in the story: e.g. mother-daughter relationship... These are the narrative schemata the story connects to (i.e. previous storylines that your learners are very likely to be familiar with). Try to collect as many as possible, don't worry there is no such thing as irrelevant schema. What you find will make sense to you and your learners.
  • Write a one paragraph (short: max. 100 word summary) of the story highlighting these themes.
  • Create metaphors that fit these themes you've identified.

Preparing to teach My Very Own Room:

  • Choose any two pages and create your own graded-reader of the book. You may do more, but two pages is the compulsory length.
  • Step 1: Identify the target group you will work with

  • Step 2: Select from the culturally loaded vocabulary items you've collected in a previous task and try to provide a meaningful narrative context for them.

  • Step 3: Remember that you'll need to simplify both syntax and vocabulary.
  • Choose any one of the listed possible follow-up activities and write a 200-300-word-long response.
  1. Choose a story schema you've identified and write a personal experience story related to that.
  2. Reconstruct the dialogue between the mother and the daughter
  3. Tell the story from the perspective of one of the brothers.