lunes, 20 de septiembre de 2021

Input-Activities for Go! Vive a tu manera

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If you have followed my blog, you may know that I use (and love) the Netflix show Go! Vive a tu manera (see posts here). I created some pre-watching and episode 1 resources for Novices a couple of years ago and I did a webinar about how I show the series in class. 

I totally admit that the show is super cheesy, but it is the type of show that students grow to love/hate. The music is annoyingly catchy and I walk around singing Go! songs on Fridays.

I show it with SPANISH subtitles and then we do input-activities AFTER watching. The comprehensible input comes from the input-activities and teacher-led discussions, NOT from the subtitles!

Many teachers can't use Netflix at school and/or many teachers don't have the time to create input-activities for the series, so I am so excited to share that Voces Digital / Nuestra Historia has licensed the first ten episodes of the series and I, along with my colleague and CI extraordinaire, created Novice AND Intermediate input-driven activities for each episode. We spent A LOT of time watching Go! this summer and we are so happy to share these activities with other teachers. Here are some of the details:

  • Each episode is divided into 6-7 parts.
  • Each part has an input-driven activities, such as: 
    • Read a summary and fill in blanks
    • Match the question to the answer
    • Cierto/falso, 
    • Who said it?/Who did it?
    • Who would say it/Who would do it?
    • Match the picture to the descriptions. 
  • Subtitles are ONLY in Spanish. (See note above.)
  • There are Novice AND Intermediate activities. 
  • The video/audio can be slowed down for easier comprehension (good for upper levels, who will comprehend some of the authentic audio).
  • You can get a teacher subscription for $100/year. That would allow you to show it in class and print all of the activities.
  • You can also pay more to get student accounts. That would allow you to show it in class and print all of the activities AND/OR have students do the activities on their own. Great for upper level students and Tarea Semanal!
  • If you already have Nuestra Historia / Voces Digital, you have all of this in your account as of today! 
  • If you want a free trial, click here.
I LOVE watching this in class on Fridays, but with this new format, there are all sorts of ways you could have students watch the show. 

Here is a quick video walking through the Novice activities for episode 1:

miércoles, 21 de abril de 2021

Input activities to learn about la yerba mate

I am starting to watch Go! Vive a tu manera with my Spanish 4 class this week. Now that we are back "full in", I am really looking forward to dedicating every Friday to watching (and talking and reading about!) the show. It is such a nice way to end the week.

This time around, I want to incorporate some more culture as we watch. So, I am starting with learning about a staple of Argentinian culture: el mate! This video gives a simple, comprehensible explanation:

So, with that as the starting point, students will do this sequence of input activities: 

Here are the activities/resources:

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sábado, 17 de abril de 2021

Input activities to learn about Las Fiestas de San Fermín

I am back to school "full in" (with three feet social distancing, masks, and teachers vaccinated). It is has been two weeks and oh my goodness, what a difference! It is so much easier than hybrid!

I have been so happy to have Voces: Nuestra Historia this year for my AP Class and for my Spanish 4 class. One thing in particular that I love is that I have novels to choose from because they are embedded in the digital textbook (so much bang for your buck!): El último viaje (in level 3), Los sobrevivientes (in level 3), Secretos (in level 4), and El carterista de Pamplona (in level 4). In level 4, we just finished El último viaje and it went very well. 

After spring break (in a week for me), in Spanish 4, we are going to start El carterista de Pamplona by Bryan Kandel. I am really looking forward to this one! It reads kinda like a "heist series" and it is very engaging. There are lots of cultural products, practices, and perspectives to be explored and I am looking forward to developing this unit. I also love that the audio of each chapter is embedded in Voces: Nuestra Historia 4 and there are some activities for each chapter.

The book is set during Las Fiestas de San Fermín (or Las Sanfermines), so that is the first thing that students will learn about. And of course, I want to give them input, so the first thing they will do is an Edpuzzle with this Dreaming Spanish video:

After watching the video and hearing about the festival, students will do a Textivate Sequence  (see examples below) with the a text that summarizes what Pablo said in his video.

Then, students will do another input activity with questions and answers. This will be done with either Quizlet Live, Blooket or Gimkit. 

These activities will be over a few days and will happen as we are starting the book. To start, we will also do a "Map Talk" to give students a basic overview of Spain, the autonomous communities, the geography and the cultural differences that exist within Spanish.

I will give an assessment (more input!) about this information, probably in the form of a cierto/falso dictation at the end of the week. 

Here is what students will do when we are reading the book. It is similar to an Álbum de Recortes that some teachers to do novels, but a little scaled back.

Note: In case you are wondering, yes, we will be talking about protestas antitaurinas (it comes up in chapter 10) and how bullfighting is banned in many places. 

Textivate Examples:

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