I still like to do grammar lessons every once in awhile. I will always wait until after my students have been repeatedly exposed to whatever it is that I want to present to them and use it as more of a way to organize information than anything else. Some kids really benefit from it, and some kids end up being really confused. For that reason, I try to keep the presentation of information to a minimum and use most of the time to have students apply it to comprehensible input.
This is a notes sheet that I made about subject pronouns. Traditional notes are on page 1, and the reading to which students must apply it is on page 2. I have posted other grammar notes with accompanying readings here.
Here is the reading in English:
A New Love
I have a friend named Natalie. Every day, Natalie walks to my house with her sister María because Natalie and María don’t have a car. Natalie, María, and I go to McDonalds in my car and Natalie, María and I eat hamburgers. A guy named David works at McDonalds. David is very attractive. Natalie likes to talk with David, but David can’t talk much while he’s working because David has to make a lot of hamburgers. But at five in the afternoon, David doesn’t have to work anymore, and Natalie, María, David, and I walk to David’s car to say goodbye. Natalie and David talk a lot because Natalie and David want to be boyfriend and girlfriend. After saying goodbye, Natalie, María, and I go to my car and Natalie, María, and I return to my house.
Please put the following events in the order in which they are mentioned in the story (write the numbers 1-5 in the circles):
- The girls go to McDonalds.
- David makes a lot of hamburgers.
- Natalia and her sister walk to their friend’s house.
- David can talk with the girls.
- Las chicas eat hamburgers.
Please replace all underlined phrases with the appropriate subject pronoun by writing the pronoun above the underlined phrase.
Make sure that you spend lots of time personalizing the reading! Discuss it by asking questions like….
- Do you have a car?
- To where do you walk?
- Where do you like to hang out with your friends?
- Do you know of an attractive person that works at the mall or a restaurant?
- Do you have a boyfriend/girlfriend?
- Are you shy?
- What do you do when you want to date someone?
- Do you have a job?
- Is it appropriate to talk to your friends if they come visit you at work?