Cinco de Mayo ideas for Spanish class

Mention Cinco de Mayo around a group of Spanish teachers and you’ll probably get a few nasty glares. But why? There is much confusion about this popular celebration–beginning with the fact that it is really only popular in the United States–NOT in Mexico. Most US citizens (including your students) think that it is Mexican Independence…

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Semana Santa

Finally! I have been meaning for years to add a comprehensible Semana Santa reading to my holidays repertoire, and I am happy to announce that I’ve finally finished it! You can download the final product here. It contains a two-level embedded reading with pre and post-reading discussion questions and comprehension questions, a MovieTalk/video activity, an…

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Una Navidad memorable

I just stumbled across this activity that I used to use on the first day back from break in Spanish 2. The activity and discussion that it sparked easily filled the first 55 minute period after break. It’s a simple form for a communicative activity in which students interview each other about their Christmas vacations. After they get…

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Christmas activities

Here are a few resources that I have created and used in the past to teach my students about Christmas celebrations in Spanish-speaking countries: My favorite Christmas songs FREE Mexican Christmas traditions reading Readings and activities for typical Christmas traditions…currently, just La Pastorela, El Día de los Inocentes and El Día de los Reyes Magos.…

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Carlos el Cleptómano Script and Lesson Plans

This is a fun story that we did about a kleptomaniac. Download complete lesson plans here that include everything you need to teach the structures and study dating traditions in Spanish speaking countries (perfect for Valentine’s Day!). They include in-class activities, sub plans/homework, two songs, a listening assessment, a cultural reading assessment and discussion questions, two…

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