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“The buzz among film enthusiasts has been building for years that some of the edgiest, most provocative and beautiful movies and documentaries are not being made in Hollywood, but rather in pockets of the USA and in nations south of the border such as Mexico, Argentina, Chile, Colombia and Brazil.

The universe of Latino and Latin American cinema released to American audiences in 2014 is rich and varied and shows why there is so much excitement around the Latin cinema boom. These 10 films – many which had already won international awards before their 2014 U.S. releases -are a tiny sampling of the Latino and Latin American movies and documentaries you might catch in theaters, film festivals or through online streaming. Pass the popcorn and enjoy!” (by Sara Guzman)

Click Here to Read About 10 Latino Films to See From 2014

If you are here to find out what you have missed in class….

Then please log in to:   and check your list of assignments.   All grades are posted.  Remember, “MIS or M” stands for missing, which means you need to make-up that assignment (until the assignment is made-up the “MIS / M” averages the grade as a zero).  An “E” means you are exempt or excused from that assignment (in the case of a daily participation assignment which can not be made-up).

In addition, check the class bookshelf drawers labeled “Handouts” and “Worksheets” to pick up any activity sheets or note handouts you may need to complete your missing assignments.  If you miss a quiz or test – you must come in at lunch to take the exam, etc.

Don’t forget to check under the Español I or Español II tabs for study guides and class powerpoints.

On Fridays,  all classes in the Fine Arts Department at Logan High School, which includes the foreign language classes, are participating in the SSR Program (sustained silent reading).   This vastly researched campaign on reading literacy allows for all students to spend 20 minutes a day  reading a book or magazine of their choice.  A school planned schedule indicates which day of the week each class subject (or department) will participate in reading for the day.


Research has shown that students who participate in SSR programs “do as well or better in reading comprehension tasks than students given traditional skill-based instruction (Krashen, 2004)”;  “Operationally, Faggella-Luby and Wardwell (2011) observed that students who struggled in comprehension exhibited difficulty with recognizing literal information, explicitly stated reasons for character action, or finding the central problem or main idea from text. Krashen (2004) also contends that when it comes to vocabulary acquisition, SSR provides “the best investment of reading time” (p. 43).”  In other words, students who read everyday are smarter.  They self train and develop strategies that enhance comprehension, vocabulary and summarizing skills.


Faggella-Luby, M., & Wardwell, M. (Winter 2011).  RTI in a middle school:  Findings and practical implications of a tier 2 reading comprehension study. Learning Disability Quarterly, 34(1), 35-49.

Gallagher, K. (2009). Readicide:  How schools are killing reading and what you can do about it. Portland, ME:  Stenhouse Publishers.

Krashen, S. (2004). The power of reading (2nd ed.). Portsmouth, NH: Libraries Unlimited and Heinemann, 2004).

Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. (2011). Student MAP scores continue slow clim [news release]. Retrieved from

Nichols, B. W. (May/June, 2009). What does the research tell us about silent sustained reading? Library Media Connection, 27(6), 47.

Reutzel, D. R.; Parker, C. F.; & Smith, J. A. (2008). Reconsidering silent sustained reading:  An exploratory study of scaffolded silent reading. The Journal of Educational Research, 102(1), 37-50.