This is a receptive language activity designed to challenge students to use vocabulary learned in a unit about family. Other vocabulary includes basic introductory details, animals/pets and “me gusta” with activities.
This activity includes four short essays written by different students in Spanish-Seeking countries. They can be read or listened to, depending on which skills you’d like to practice.
To use this as a listening activity, the teacher can read the four essays aloud and/or record four different speakers and play the audio in class. As they listen, students can take notes on one of the two included worksheets (I recommend the first one in the packet; i.e. not the one with the Venn diagram).
To use this as a reading activity, print the essays and allow students to read them to answer questions on the second worksheet (the one with the Venn diagram). You can have students work in four different groups to share the essay, or you can hand them out randomly. This is also a good activity for fast finishers after a test, and can be repeated with different essays. The Venn diagram encourages students to compare the family described in the easy with their own families, so answers will vary.
For an additional challenge, consider having students fill in a family tree template that reflects the family described in each essay.