We just finished an introductory unit on migration and undocumented immigration in Spanish A. We focused on high-frequency, regular -ar verbs that connect with travel, and we started building their familiarity with the verbs using the story script for El viajero. Afterward, we spent a few days using by-design and authentic resources to learn more about migration.

This unit fits in well to prepare vocabulary for or use with Esperanza, and you could also easily work in the song A Las Tres or the documentary They Come to America.


llega a un país – s/he arrives to a country

regresa ahí – s/he returns there

lleva  – s/he takes along, takes with (carries)


The main character travels to many different countries. Each time, someone that they love at home (a parent, friend, sibling, significant other) tells them to bring something specific back for them when they return. But each time when the main character arrives at the country, they are distracted by someone or something and do not end up bringing back the special item with them.

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To take this script from story to content-based unit, grab the Somos 1 Unit 17 lesson plans. Original and Flex versions are available:

6 replies on “El viajero story script and Lesson Plans for travel and immigration vocabulary

  1. I have been actively looking for a well-rounded way to discuss immigration, presenting Esperanza with other materials. I also came across “They come to America” as well as the newer “They come to America II”. Thank you for posting this!

  2. Martina, I was wondering if you could direct me towards the 5 day ALma lesson plan you made. One day I saw it and then later decided I might like to purchase it and now I can’t find it on any of your links etc..

    I honestly don’t know how you do all that you do.. But thank you so much!! You do it very well!!!


  3. I like that unit a lot and plan on getting it ready to use it for my final. We have used many of the structures in it and it seems like a great way to end the year. Lesson plans would be great. I look forward to seeing them this summer. Thanks for all you do!

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