martes, 22 de mayo de 2018

What I teach in Spanish 2 and Spanish 3

I previously posted the 25+ units that I have done in my Cultura y Civilización course (Spanish 4, 5, 6, and 7). I have taught that course (usually parts 1 and 2) every year for the past 7 years, so I have a ton of units for that course. I teach Spanish 2 and 3 every other year, so I don't have as many units for those courses, but today I am sharing what I do in Spanish 2 and 3. Spanish 1 is still being pulled together in a shareable format, but it will be coming soon!



Spanish 2 (click here for grid)
I taught Spanish 2 last year and will teach it again last year. My Spanish 2 curriculum is a mix of story units (based on cortometrajes and Sr. Wooly songs) and some authentic resource-type units (one from adiostextbook). Because my department is still somewhat traditional, and I am not the main Spanish 2 teacher, you will see that there is still some explicit grammar taught in Spanish 2. Mostly I use Martina Bex resources for that part of the course.

Spanish 3 (click here for grid)
My Spanish 3 curriculum is a mix of story units (based on authentic songs and Sr. Wooly songs), lots of activities authentic resources, and a lot of pre-AP type of activities (cultural comparisons and interpretive reading and listening activities with authentic resources). Because my department is still somewhat traditional, and I am not the main Spanish 3 teacher, you will see that there is still some explicit grammar taught in Spanish 3, but I am doing less and less of that. (A big thanks to Arianne Dowd for making my Spanish 3 curriculum soooo much better this year!)

sábado, 19 de mayo de 2018

ALL 25 of my Cultura y Civilización units in one doc!

You may have seen that Carrie Toth and Kristy Placido recently shared their Scope and Sequence for levels 1-4. Those posts are so helpful!

I am working on pulling everything together for 1-AP and putting it into a shareable doc too.
I teach a variety of classes (from 1-AP) each year and I have been changing so much of what I do during the past few years, so it is taking me a while to pull it all together in an shareable, understandable-to-others format.

In the meantime, I am sharing a grid with the 25+  units that I have created and used for my Cultura y Civilización course during the last seven year. This class has a very wide variety of proficiency levels in it! It can be the 4th, 5th, 6th, or 7th Spanish class for students. They can take it twice, so I rotate units. The units are not in any particular order, as I pick and choose depending on the class. Some of these units could definitely be used in level 3 too... more on that to come! 

The grid in the doc includes: 

  • Preguntas Esenciales for almost all units
  • UbD documents (some much better than others)
  • Links to blog posts about most units
  • Links to unit packets (some free, some paid)
  • Links to the paid resources (from meCarrie, Kristy, ArianneNelly, and Martina).


This doc still does not include all of what I do in that class. For instance, the "Canciones de la Semana" mini units! For example, "Quisiera alejarme," which has been a big hit this past week! 

miércoles, 16 de mayo de 2018

Global Citizenship in Spanish 1... or any level!


Before I talk about Living on One Dollar: Change Series and Kiva... I want to share a little bit of information about Global Citizenship Education.

Here is a quick definition from Wikipedia:

  • Global citizenship education (GCE) is a form of civic learning that involves students' active participation in projects that address global issues of a social, political, economic, or environmental nature. 

And here is a screenshot from UNESCO's Global Citizenship Education initiative: 


I think I usually do a good job in many of my units, at all levels, with the Cognitive and Socio-Emotional dimension of Global Citizenship Education, but not so much with the Behavioral dimension. That is something I want to get better at! 




I have blogged about using Kiva with my Spanish 1 class after the "school unit," specifically after the story Irene (with Elena López's resources). But this year, I decided to use the Living on One Change Series before the Kiva project. 

The Change Series is similar to the documentary Living on $1 (on Netflix), which I have used in the past, when we basically just watched it and talked a bit about it. But this year I did something different. 


There are eight episodes in the Change Series and Eric Herman wrote up (and shared for FREE) a summary in Spanish 1 for each episode. We did the readings before each episode and then watched the episode. Here are a few ways we did with these readings:
  • Students read silently and highlighted all words they knew. After reading and highlighting, they wrote, in English, 3-5 facts that they learned. Then, I asked them to share some what they wrote and we went through the reading together in Spanish and English.
  • I read it to the students, drawing and acting things out. Then students wrote 3-5 facts, in English, that they learned. As they watched the episode, I quickly checked them and gave them a "quiz grade" for this. 
  • I also gave a more formal quiz on Episode 4. Click here to see it. 
  • We also played Quizlet Live (Elena López mad a TON of sets and I copied them and put them all in this folder) and Gimkit to review some of the episodes.

I will use Eric's review sheet and I have adapted his test a bit.  To review for the test, I created these two Quizlets (here and here), exported them into Gimkit, and created two Gimkit Challenges (here and here) so my students can review for the test.


He also created the presentation below with screenshots. Somehow I missed this in the folder, but I will use this to help review!


This unit is also accompanied by the song "Si quieres, puedes" (which shows the good things that Sebastián Yatra is doing to help people!) and will be followed up by our Kiva loan. I have $255 to loan. So far, my classes have leant to 9 different people, so I will share that information with them too. 



Big thanks to Eric Herman for creating and sharing all these resources!