A Killer Homework Assignment

It's never a dull day in the Limón household.

And it's not everyday that my 13-year old daughter  shouts, "Mamá!  I have to film a murder for chemistry class today!", when she gets home from school.

I was busy putting the final touches on what we were about to eat for lunch, while also trying to get my boys to change out of their school clothes, so I was a little distracted and pretty sure I hadn't heard Hope correctly.

"What did you just say???"

"A bunch of us are going to Kim's house later to film a murder."

This time there were no distractions and I heard every word she said.

"Did you just say murder?"


"Mija, I know Mexico has seen it's share of violence, but it's not like it's happening out in the street for you and your friends to film it.  And.... Oh.  My.  God!  What is your teacher thinking?"

Most of our conversation had been in Spanish, but this is when I had a Ricky Ricardo-like outburst, "Mira que tiene cosa...", but in English.

Hope just stood in our dining room, rolling her eyes and shaking her head, "Ay mamá!  Not a real murder!"

"Oh! Well, why didn't you say so in the first place?"

Hope went on to explain that their mini-movie was going to be a tale of love and betrayal, which leads to murder, drinking and smoking with a special appearance by the devil and the angel spirit of the murder victim.

The kind of stuff telenovelas are made of.

What I didn't (and still don't) understand is what all of this has to do with chemistry class.  A creative writing class, I can understand.  But not 9th grade chemistry.   The way the "kids" explained it to me is that it's supposed be something like CSI where the rest of the students have to figure out what evidence to gather and how to process it all.  Or something like that.  But they're not entirely sure either.
Hope (center) and the rest of the cast of the 9th grade murder mystery. 

All I know is that Kate del Castillo better watch out, because there's a new Reina del Sur and she's taking over chemistry class.


*Linking up with Parenting by Dummies and Seven Clown Circus for Wordful Wednesday


  1. Crime Scene Novela. Love it! I think anything that can make science fun is a good thing.

  2. Cannot. Wait. For. The. Video.

  3. Hehe, how unusual! Clever teacher in making chemistry interesting though!!

  4. I always get a chuckle out of your Lucy moments.

    Chemistry and telenovelas.  It gives me a better understanding of why the chip dip is sold near the tea instead of next to the chips.

  5. I totally want to watch! I'm a sucker for telenovelas and I haven't seen one in a while...I agree with you, no idea how a murder is related to Chemistry...but then again if there had been telenovelas in my chemistry class I might have done better!! LOL

  6. WOW. That's funny!!!!

  7. How fun! I loved projects like this in school. It gets the kids really into the project. 

  8. I knew chemistry class was the road to telenovela stardom.

  9. Jenny @simmerandsteamOctober 26, 2011 at 1:26 PM

     Bahaha I love this! your daughter will be the next telenovela star!!

  10. I was a teacher once and wish I would've come up with such a cool assignment! Then again, I was an English teacher. Definitely doesn't seem to connect to chemistry. Maybe they're all about teaching across the curriculum? Ay, I just had a teacher flashback lol.

  11. That's just awesome! I love it! I want to watch that novela ;)

  12. How awesome! I want to watch that novela! ;)

  13. hahaha! That's a class I'd like to be in! Love it. : D

  14. HA!  I love it.  I was never really into science but approaching it from that angle, makes it so much more interesting!  

  15. - I know most houses look alike in Mexico but I can't help but see that it looks exactly like my Nana Ana's house in the background.. It sure makes me miss home.. What part of Mexico are you in?

  16. Hahaha, ooooooh I love these kind of homeworks. We filmed "a murder" too, in 6th grade, it was SO-MUCH-FUN. We felt like real movie starts!

  17. HAHAHA that sounds like so much fun!