La siesta

This is a reading that uses target structures from Hay que estudiar and talks about the tradition of the siesta in Spain, based on information from the Ajuntament de Barcelona website. I have a whole unit on this that I’ll be posting in pieces as I finish editing them…one of these days…

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Mimes in Caracas

Authorities in Caracas, Venezuela developed a very…interesting…solution to their traffic problem (actually, they copied it from Bogota, Colombia, but that’s beside the point). I wrote this article to use as a reading and discussion activity for my Spanish II’s. It works well with El Nuevo Houdini, since the verb “to drive” and the driving theme…

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Carrie, la perrita bailarina

I have used this video for several years now. Below, I posted the basic lesson plan that I first used for a 45-minute class period. Since then, I’ve expanded it quite a bit by adding more readings, songs, and reading activities. You can download the new plans here. They include four readings, two songs, a reading interview…

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Hispanic Heritage Month Writing Idea

Biography.com has a nice variety of fairly short biographies (written in English) of twelve different people from Spanish-speaking countries. For a writing activity, I had my students choose two and summarize them in Spanish. My directions were to include Where and when the person was born Where s/he lives (or lived) Something about his/her personal…

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