Juan Verdades
By Teacher Jasmine
Big Question
How do we demonstrate
• Is a broad statement or rule that applies to many
• Sometimes when you read, you can generalize.
When you are given ideas about several things
or people and you can make a statement that
applies to all of them, you are generalizing.
• Valid generalizations are supported by
examples, facts, or good logic. Invalid
generalizations are not supported.
• Re- “again” or “back”
• Dis- “to remove” or “the opposite of”
Vigorously P. 424-425
• With certainty and sureness; with firm
• Got off a horse or bicycle
• Unhappy or full of sorrow
• To grow or develop well; to thrive
• To cause to happen; to accomplish
• To give back, to return, or to pay back
• With great strength or energy
• Are you likely to trust a friend with a
secret? Why or why not?
• Who would you be likely to trust with the
responsibility of taking care of your pet?
• What characteristics would make a person
worthy of your trust?
• What word is a synonym for trust?
Folk Tale
• The word folk comes from a German word
meaning “people”. Folk tales are stories of
the common people. For generations,
most folktales were told aloud before
anyone wrote them down. This is why
each version of a folk tale is slightly
different from all the other versions.
Guide Questions
• How do you know that don Ignacio’s
generalization, “He has never told me a lie,” is
• Why do you think the author includes so many
phrases and words in Spanish in the dialogue?
• In the first two pages of the folk tale, the author
introduces the conflict that the characters will
have to resolve. State the conflict of this
• story in your own words.
Guide Questions
• Do you think don Arturo has made a
• Why do you think Juan Verdades begins to
fall in love with Araceli?
• The author uses foreshadowing on P.431
when he says about Araceli, but now she
had a plan of her own as well. What do
you think her plan is, and how do you think
she will carry it out?
Guide Questions
• Visualize the changes in Juan Verdade’s
character after Araceli requests all the apples
from the special tree. Describe how you imagine
his manner is similar and different from a few
moments earlier. Explain
• How do you predict Araceli will respond to
Juan’s refusal to her request? Explain
• Heroes in folk tales have common
characteristics. Think about Juan Verdades and
the heroes of other folk tales you have read. List
characteristics that they have in common.
Guide Questions
• What generalization can you make about
Juan based on his or her conversation
with don Ignacio?
• In folk tales, the hero often must pass a
test of some kind to prove his or her
worthiness. Use this generalization to
make a prediction about whether Juan
Verdades will pass his test.
Guide Questions
• Why is don Arturo “gleeful” as he runs to tell don
Ignacio about the apples?
• On P.437, Araceli visits don Ignacio
unexpectedly and makes a request he can’t
deny. What prediction can you make, based on
this knowledge and what you know about folk
• Apply Juan’s experience to an experience you
have had-for example, facing the dilemma about
telling the truth. Explain how the experiences
were similar and/or different.
Guide Questions
• Why do you think Juan answers don
Ignacio’s question the way he does?
• How is this story like other folk tales you
have read? How is it different?
• In the story, Juan’s riddle is solved after “a
moment.” How long did it take to solve the
riddle? What helped most in solving it?

Juan Verdades - T. Jasmine`s English Class