Jody Ford teaches using books. "I've been using Mira's "Agentes secretos". I PQA with that. And I just finished Houdini with my 2s. They have to draw the story pictures and retelling from them. It just works better or me. We're reading Felipe Alou real quick in my 2nd year, kind of like Suzie Gross suggested. We read 2 chapters one day and 3 the next. Then itook a break. I do biographies with my second years. They have to research someone and we present the last couple weeks of school. That way I don't have finals to grade the last week of school. I show them Selena, La Bamba, Stand and Deliver, and PBS Frida during the year. It works for me. My first year students see the globe trekker travel series and they create power points of dream vacations they present the last week of school." She says that she also uses "Cuentame", but they don't act from it.
Sara Chronister says this:
I almost do all PQA with very short stories. I have started moving away from actors; or at least having them come up front. I seem to lose control of the class very easily when I have actors! They don't seem to get it quick as quickly with PQA as they do with a story but they get the material with PQA better than when I use the textbook and workbook. I force myself to tell a story related to the vocab in the chapter at least once during the unit and I try for 2 times. Even though I feel like I'm doing a horrible job they always catch on quicker and seem to retain it better with a story. I even had data to back me up. I will give a pre-test after using the textbook; see what they need the most help on and create a story centered around that, give them the actual test and they always ace whatever the story was about.