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Somos 1 Unit 19

The Somos Curriculum for Novice learners

Novice (Levels 1-2), Beginner (Level 1)

Luis Soriano invented Biblioburro, a "donkey library" to provide access to books and education to children in rural Colombia. These unit plans provide Spanish teachers with everything needed to teach a nine-day unit (8 days of lessons plus 1 assessment day) about Biblioburro to students in late Spanish 1 and beyond.


  • viene a un pueblo
  • toda la gente
  • lee
  • pone encima de


  • estar + locational prepositions sentence BINGO game
  • instructions for introducing vocabulary
  • a TPRS® story script
  • authentic song lyrics and activity
  • story activities
  • a Spanish language reading about Biblioburro
  • comprehension questions
  • discussion questions for all readings
  • two authentic video viewing activities
  • multiple communicative activities
  • an adapted news article about a related story from 2018
  • reading, listening, and writing assessments
  • answer keys
  • detailed, step-by-step daily lesson plans
  • daily warm ups
  • a 43 slide presentation provided in PPT and PDF formats
  • a complete unit overview with abbreviated daily plans, can-do statements, World Readiness standards, Common Core alignment, AP themes, Essential questions, and Proficiency Orientation

All slideshow presentations are editable and compatible with Google Slides.

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The Somos Curriculum® is a Proficiency-oriented curriculum for Novice and Intermediate Spanish learners that is designed for middle and high school courses. Instruction in The Somos Curriculum® focuses on language acquisition or implicit language development rather than explicit teaching and practice of grammar and vocabulary. Lessons are highly communicative and conducted primarily in the target language. 

With detailed daily lesson plans, target-language scripts, tutorials for making input comprehensible, student activities, assessments, and suggestions for differentiation, The Somos Curriculum® is the most complete Spanish curriculum on the market, and it is no surprise that it is used in more than 100,000 language classrooms worldwide.

  • Learn more about the Somos Curriculum here
  • Click here to view the Somos 1 Curriculum Map. 
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  • This was so much fun to teach alongside the school unit. I love the variety of activities that were included in the unit. Everything was detailed and very easy to follow. My students really enjoyed learning about the Biblioburro and Colombia. Thank you for taking the time to create AND share this amazing resource with other language teachers! 

    Beth B.
  • My students loved using SOMOS units in class! They are really engaging and the students really enjoy it. I used this product with Spanish 3 class. 

    Michelle Castellanos
  • ve used it with my classes and it really helps them enjoy the subject and interact with each other to find answers. Its challenging enough to keep their interest.

    Isis T.
  • I'm so glad that there is a Biblioburro SOMOS unit! The resources included are so great and I appreciate learning new strategies and protocols that can be used for any topic or language that I want to focus on in class. 

    Alicia LeClair
  • My students were intrigued by Sr. Soriano's solution to the problem of literacy and lack of materials. We also watched a more recent video showing that he was building a library because he ran out of room in his home for all the books being donated. It also brought up the question of "literacy" and what it is, and do our state reading tests accurately measure "literacy'. 

    Gale J.

Somos 1 Unit 19


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