After introducing regular preterite conjugations through the stories La muchacha y la ardilla and La madre de Jasón, it was time to tackle the irregular preterite verbs. First category? I-Y changers (oír, leer, concluir, caer, etc.).
My students once again helped me to write a fun script, “Ruidos en la noche” (“Noises in the night), and we had fun acting it out–we turned two tables into a bed and busted out the footie pajamas from my costume bin. I used these lesson plans to fill out a complete story-based unit and focus in on these sneaky verbs!
- (se) cayó al suelo – s/he fell to the floor
- leyeron el periódico – they read the newspaper
- oyó un ruido – s/he heard a sound
Two characters read an article in the newspaper about something or someone running loose in their community. In the night, they hear noises and investigate each one to see what caused it. The first few times, something has fallen to the floor, and the last time they find something a little different!
The story script is available in both Spanish and English in the Story Scripts folder of our Subscriber Library.
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Find detailed lesson plans to use this story in class with vocabulary introduction, storyasking, post-story activities, and focused Grammar in Context activities in Somos 2 Unit 5. The Flex version of the unit is a good bit longer and includes an amazing cultural connection to the indigenous miskito culture with the telling of a traditional story called Los cazadores invisibles.