lunes, 12 de agosto de 2019

New (free) Story/Song of the Week for Novices: Atrévete

I really like this new video and song by Nicky Jam and Sech, "Atrévete." It is a sweet, romantic song and a cute video. (Yes, it is another typical hetero-love story video, but I still like it and I think students will too.) Check it out here:
So, I made a slideshow to use for story/song of the week. Click here if you want to make a copy of it for yourself and adapt it. And this doc has the text to adapt if you would like.

There are lots of things that you could do with what I am sharing (listen to the podcast linked here), but here are some recommendations:

  • Go over the goals of this story/song of the week.
  • Play Quizlet Live to give a preview of the important vocabulary (there is also a list in the doc). Note: Students do not need to know all of the vocabulary before the story. They will acquire it as you tell the story and from the activities that they do.
  • Use slides 5-8 to co-create a story with the class. Do this orally.
  • Use slides 9-11 to write out the story with the class.
  • Explain that the story that they will hear is based on a music video (slide 12).
  • Tell the students about the two singers (slides 13-14).
  • Play Quizlet Live to review information about Nicky Jam and Sech.
  • Tell the story. Use the script in the doc
  • After slide 38, ask students to write some possible solutions. Students can write them in English, Spanish, and/or Spanglish. Type some of the suggested solutions on slides 40-41. Discuss each one.
  • Show the video! 
  • Do the cloze activity (in  doc) with the song and go over the translation. Try to sing it for a week or two.
  • Tell the story the next day with the text on the slideshow. Students can translate with partners or as a class.
  • Have students review the text with textivate.


lunes, 5 de agosto de 2019

Bonus TPT Sale - Some of my favorite resources

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Below are some resources that I will be definitely using this year! All of them are on sale in my TPT store.

Spanish 1:
Spanish 2:
Spanish 3:
Cultura y Civilización (Spanish 4/5/6):
  • Lotería unit - These stories are always a favorite of the course! I will definitely create resources for the 2019 commercial when it comes out in November. TPT link
  • Ecuador: La música popular, el kichwa, y las leyendas - I am starting my CyC course with this unit. We start with Nicky Jam and Wisin, move to learning about bilingual schools (kichwa y español) in Ecuador and then onto three authentic legends from Ecuador. This unit is jam packed with cultural Ps!! TPT link (free) and other pieces of the unit here.
  • Arianne Dowd's resources for La lengua de la mariposa (I love this movie - and there are a lot of parallels with today!) combined with Carrie Toth's novel La Hija del Sastre. This will be a unit in my Cultura y Civilización course.
  • En el tiempo de las mariposas - The movie is in English, but Arianne's film guide is in Spanish. It, like all of her work, is EXCELLENT!
Also, my favorite TPT stores:

miércoles, 19 de junio de 2019

Pre-watching and Episode 1 resources for Go! Vive a tu manera

Many Spanish teachers use TV/Netflix series in the classroom. Why? Because:
  • they are highly engaging
  • create class culture
  • expose students to an authentic resource
  • give us plenty to discuss
I have used both El Internado and Gran Hotel (sadly those guides no longer available) in the classroom and they have always been a big hit. But, I do have to skip some parts in both of those shows and the language in El Internado is a bit much sometimes. So, as you may have seen from some of my other posts, the Netflix series Go! Vive a tu manera is rated PG and totally appropriate

It is also totally cursi and some students will not like it. For me, it is all about setting expectations - keep them low when it comes to this show - I said, "Well, this show is pretty cheese and for tweens, but we are going to use it in class to learn Spanish." Then, they will think it is a learning tool... but will (hopefully) end up really liking the show. My AP students are loving it (I am still in school and will be until June 25th). 

Warning: The songs in this show will be stuck in your head and drive you crazy!

Check out the trailer here:

When watching a TV series, it is important to remember that the language acquisition is not necessarily coming from the show, nor is it coming from simply doing comprehension questions about the episodes #GoBeyondComprehensionQuestions! It is coming from everything that they teacher does with the show, like pre-watching activities, pausing and discussing while watching, and post-watching readings.  It is also important to go S   L   O   W   L   Y when watching a TV series ----> It takes me a LONG time to get through one episode.

So, I created the slideshow below (if you want access to copy and adapt, to here on TPT) that I am going to use before we even start watching the show. I would recommend spending several days with these readings and activities and then starting to watch the show. Slides 38-52 could be used after watching sections of the show. The purpose of those is to get repetition with some high frequency verbs. Also, you will notice that on those slides, I have put GIFs from this website to help with those verbs.

Update (7/29/19): If you would like guides for episodes 2-5, check out Abbie Theberge and Leah Silipo's resources here on TPT. 


In addition to this slideshow, I am going to create lecturas for the episodes. The episode lecturas will be al estilo Mike Peto (see my and Bethanie Drew's guides for El Internado). My episode lecturas will be for mid-late Spanish 1 and Spanish 2, so they will be in the present tense. However, just because that is the target audience doesn't mean you can't use these reading guides for any level to comprehensify, extend, and discuss this wonderful authentic resource! Reading below students' level gives them reinforcement with high frequency words and confidence.

Click here if you would like to purchase: 
  • access to the slideshow above 
  • a list of the important vocabulary for the pre-watching readings with a chart for students to write the words
  • a very comprehensive pre-watching guide that includes all of the text from the slideshow, but as guided notes
  • a lectura for episode 1 (7 pages with 2 pages being song lyrics for two songs) - This is the key for the CI and language acquisition! 
  • possible assessments (including a conversación simulada) for the pre-watching and episode 1 readings
  • activities to do with the Mochila Challenge playlist on YouTube