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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Iditarod 2014

Here is a great news topic to discuss in class today or tomorrow! It would be great to discuss weather and geography vocabulary, time and numbers, and competition vocabulary (won, raced, ran, etc.). Here’s an overview of the race with links to articles with more information: Have you heard of the Iditarod? Known as “The…

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Special Person Interviews

Special Person Interviews build community. When done well, students find connections with all of their classmates. Teachers learn more about each one of their students, and everyone’s voice and presence is valued. And oh yeah–all the while, students are acquiring language. What’s not to love? HISTORY OF SPECIAL PERSON INTERVIEWS As far as I am…

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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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El amigo simpático Lesson Plans

Finally! After referencing my Amigo simpático script and plans for two years now on my curriculum map, I am finally posting them! Click here to download lesson plans for a six-day unit for Spanish 1 that will introduce your students to the structures tienes que, no puede, simpático, and le ayuda with several discussion-based activities and a story. It includes follow-up activities…

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Siéntate Lesson Plans

One great thing about…still…teaching is that I am slowly working through my lesson plans and updating/adding them online. Today, I finished up my Siéntate unit, which you can download for free by clicking here. Yippee! This unit does not include culture, as most of my units do, but it DOES include an activity that allows teachers to…

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Multi-Level Classes

Some of you may know that I have the mother of all multi-level classes this year: 6th-12th grade, 1st-7th year Spanish. I asked parents and students for grace during the first few weeks as I figured out how to meet everyone’s needs, and they did. We are now finishing up week four, and I have a…

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