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August 28, 2012

Today was just one of those days. Ellis has Rosalea (probably because his mom deals with 175 middle schoolers all day long!) and was up every half hour last night, so the hour and a half that I slept was after I turned my alarm off--oops. So much for my calm, organized, productive morning! Thankfully, I am usually at school two hours early, so at least I wasn't late to class! Without a plan for Spanish A, I was pretty pleased with how things turned out. First, we filled out the kids' dictionary pages with "un muchacho" (a boy), "la muchacha" (the girl), "¿Cómo te llamas?" (What's your name?), and "Me llamo" (My name is). Then, we added "dice" (says). And I pulled up a boy and a girl to act out a vignette which I had yet to plan out...yikes! So it turned out like this:

SCRIPT: This is Savanya. She is a girl. This is Jaron. He is a boy. Jaron says, "Hi!" and Savanya says, "What's your name?" Jaron says, "My name is Justin Bieber" (Make sure that you circle the daylights out of the script so far--ask the students to predict what each person will say at every point in the script; lots of yes/no and either/or questions, and open-ended questions. Students will probably predict that the student says his or her real name, so you can engage them by telling them that you have a secret and asking everyone to lean in, at which time you would say that the student gives a false name.) Savanya dice, "O.M.G. (OH-EME-HAY!--it's not a correct translation but it's hilarious for the kids. Make sure you fan your face excitedly with your hands while you do it!!), este muchacho es Justin Bieber!" You could continue the script, but luckily I timed it well (accidentally, haha!) so that the bell rang just then and I didn't have to make my brain work really hard to figure out how to continue the vignette with all but no vocabulary. Hooray for the end of class, amen?! (I followed up the lesson with this reading,) Michele wrote about another great script to use during the first few days of beginning classes! Check it out!

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