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Full time teacher since 2003. I specialize in fun readings and worksheets.

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Full time teacher since 2003. I specialize in fun readings and worksheets.
Present Subjunctive Task Cards - Subjuntivo
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Present Subjunctive Task Cards - Subjuntivo

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This 8-page file includes: ~24 task cards focused on the present subjunctive (6 cards x 4 cards per sheet) ~Recording sheet ~Answer key These task cards provide a perfect cumulative review of the WEIRDO acronym as they include a mixture of: Verbal expressions: quiero que… insisto que… Impersonal expressions: Es bueno que… Es raro que… Emotions: Me alegra de que… Temo que… Conjunctions: Estudia para que… Other expressions: Ojalá que… Regular and irregular verbs are featured!
El Día de la Raza Lectura y Cultura: Columbus Day - Cristobal Colón Reading
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El Día de la Raza Lectura y Cultura: Columbus Day - Cristobal Colón Reading

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This 3-page file includes: ~A Spanish reading about the meaning and history of El día de la raza / Columbus Day. It discusses pre-Columbian cultures and the life and times of Christopher Columbus and how his voyages impacted the Americas. The reading includes a full glossary of new vocabulary. ~A worksheet based on the reading with 10 true/false reading comprehension questions in Spanish and a short writing assignment. ~Answer key. Here is link to a short Spanish bio (3 min) of Columbus: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lWGfFuNqImc Here is a short video on Dia de la Raza 2 min) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=76MmuDf76eM Sample vocabulary: indígena desarrollar el marinero la ruta de vela el apoyo el descubrimiento la tripulación zarpar la riqueza el catolicismo Level: In present and past tenses
Complete Beginner Spanish Workbook and Textbook ~ Español para principiantes
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Complete Beginner Spanish Workbook and Textbook ~ Español para principiantes

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This 65-page file is a complete beginner textbook and workbook that I’ve completed over my last 15 years of teaching/tutoring Spanish! It’s designed for grades 8+. I’m offering it here at over 50% off! It includes explanations, exercises and readings on all the topics covered in a first year course. You can use this resource in its entirety or simply page by page as needed for extra materials! Unit 1: The Basics Greetings, alphabet, pronunciation Unit 2: Family Family vocab, gender and plurals, tener Unit 3: Talking about Yourself Nationalities, Professions Unit 4: Regular Present Tense Verbs Verb conjugations Unit 5: Making Plans Numbers, Telling Time, Yo-form Irregular Unit 6: My House Adjective agreement, possessives Unit 7: Asking Questions Question Words, estar Unit 8: Talking about Hobbies Months, Days of the Week Unit 9: At a Restaurant Irregular verbs, Prepositions Unit 10: Infinitive Expressions Expressing Desires, Tener Expressions Unit 11: Around Town Prepositions of Place, Ir Unit 12: Ir + a + Inf. Careers, University Unit 13: Describing People Ser vs. Estar, present continuous Unit 14: The Continuous Past Imperfect Unit 15: Expressing Likes and dislikes Object Pronouns, Gustar, Personal a Unit 16: Daily Routines Reflexive Verbs Unit 17: The Environment Demonstratives, por and para Unit 18: The Simple Past Preterite, Frida Kahlo Bio Level: Beginner Editable word file.
Federico García Lorca Biography: Spanish Biography on Poet Garcia Lorca
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Federico García Lorca Biography: Spanish Biography on Poet Garcia Lorca

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This Spanish biography talks about the life of Spanish poet Federico García Lorca. It discusses his childhood, education, personal life, all of his major works and his death during the Spanish Civil War. The reading includes a glossary of new vocabulary and 6 reading comprehension questions in Spanish based on the reading. This reading is a great compliment to any unit on Spanish history and writers.
El tango Lectura y Cultura ~ Tango Spanish Cultural Reading
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El tango Lectura y Cultura ~ Tango Spanish Cultural Reading

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This 3-page file includes: ~A Spanish cultural reading that talks about the dance the tango. It covers the historical and cultural significance of this dance in Argentina, the Buenos Aires district of La Boca and the life and music of Carlos Gardel, the most famous Argentine singer of all time. The reading features a glossary of new words. ~A worksheet with 10 true/false reading comprehension questions in Spanish and a short writing section. ~Answer key. This is a great video link on tango: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GYJ1TfEY6z8 Level: n present and past tenses
Spanish Reflexive Verb Bundle
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Spanish Reflexive Verb Bundle

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3 readings and a worksheet all on Spanish reflexive verbs! El día típico de mi madre Mi día típico Mi rutina diaria
French Travel Bundle: Bon Voyage (vol, hotel) 4 Lectures !
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French Travel Bundle: Bon Voyage (vol, hotel) 4 Lectures !

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This French Reading Bundle includes all four of my readings with a travel theme at 50% off or only $1 per Reading! (Regular price $2 each) Réserver un Voyage À l’aeroport À l’hotel Au Restaurant Un voyage en France Each reading includes a glossary of new vocabulary and a reading comprehension section. All readings are editable Word files. These readings make for a great companion to your travel unit or for standalone resources, sub activities, bell work and early finishers!
Semana Santa y Pascua Lectura ~ Holy Week and Easter Spanish Reading
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Semana Santa y Pascua Lectura ~ Holy Week and Easter Spanish Reading

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This reading has two paragraphs. The first one is written from the first-person perspective of a teenage girl living in Sevilla, Spain during Holy Week and discusses how she and her family are celebrating. The second paragraph discusses the various holidays around this period including Ash Wednesday, Lent, Easter Sunday etc. The reading includes a glossary of specialized Easter vocabulary and 5 reading comprehension questions in Spanish. Vocab includes: el desfile los pasos el papón el nazareno el capirote la cruz la misa el cántico el sacerdote la Pascua el recordatorio ayunar la Cuaresma el Miércoles de Ceniza Level: Upper Beginner Includes answer key.
El Toreo Lectura ~ Spanish Reading on Bullfighting
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El Toreo Lectura ~ Spanish Reading on Bullfighting

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This reading is about the ancient ritual of bullfighting. It is written from the first person perspective of a matador on his final day of bullfighting. It talks about the history and art of bullfighting. Reading includes specialized vocabulary in a full glossary and 5 true/false reading comprehension questions. Note: This reading includes some present and past tenses. Vocab includes: la cuadrilla al ruedo el pañuelo el torero el toro la etapa la faena Includes answer key.
Telenovela Lectura ~ Funny Spanish Reading Scene from a Soap Opera
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Telenovela Lectura ~ Funny Spanish Reading Scene from a Soap Opera

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This 3-page file includes: ~A reading that contains a humorous scene from a fictitious soap opera in which an attractive firefighter loses all his luxurious long hair in a fire! All the characters are introduced by name and character. The script includes parts for four people and is followed by a glossary of new vocabulary. This reading is in the present tense. ~A worksheet with true/false reading comprehension questions and a writing section where students write a continuation of the scene! This can be done for homework or in class, alone or in pairs. ~Answer key. Activity idea: put students in groups of two or four to read the script. Once they have read the script, have students translate it. Students may then continue the storyline in different ways by writing their own continuation to the story! These new scripts may be performed for the class or handed in for homework. Level: Beginner
Un viaje en avión Lectura - Booking a Trip Spanish Script
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Un viaje en avión Lectura - Booking a Trip Spanish Script

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In this beginner script an employee phones a travel agency to book a flight and hotel for her boss who is travelling to Mexico. The reading features a full glossary of new words and a true/false reading comprehension section. Activity idea: Students can take turns reading the roles and then practice booking an imaginary trip! Vocab: un asiento la escala de ida y vuelta de ida la ventanilla el pasillo la fila
Spanish Passive Voice Reading + Worksheet : Las noticias de hoy / La voz pasiva
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Spanish Passive Voice Reading + Worksheet : Las noticias de hoy / La voz pasiva

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This Spanish language reading shows students the passive voice in context. It includes three news articles from a fictitious newspaper. Each article features examples of the passive voice. All examples of the passive voice are underlined. The reading includes a glossary of new vocabulary and 8 true/false reading comprehension questions. Example sentences: *Un famoso cuadro de Picasso fue robado … *Una antigua iglesia en Inglaterra fue destruida … *Unos hombres fueron arrestados ayer … Activity idea: after reading, have students create their own short news article using the passive voice! The worksheet contains 15 fill in the blanks sentences for students to practice the passive voice in Spanish. It includes 8 regular past participles and 7 irregular past participles. The worksheet consists of two parts: 8 sentences with the passive voice in the past. 7 sentences with the passive voice in the present Example sentences: Los hombres … … por la policía. (dentener) Los platos … … en la mesa por el hombre. (poner) Edible word document.
San Fermín Lectura y Cultura: Los Sanfermines - Running of Bulls (SUB Activity)
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San Fermín Lectura y Cultura: Los Sanfermines - Running of Bulls (SUB Activity)

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This Spanish language reading details of the events around the summer celebration of Los Sanfermines in Pamplona, Spain. It discusses the history of these events and how they are celebrated today. The reading includes a glossary of new vocabulary and a true/false reading comprehension section. Can be used for extra cultural reading, early finisher activity and a sub plan!
Mis pasatiempos Lectura: Spanish Reading and Worksheet - Script about Hobbies
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Mis pasatiempos Lectura: Spanish Reading and Worksheet - Script about Hobbies

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This 3-page file includes: ~A reading in which four young people are discussing their hobbies such as sports, tv shows, books etc. The reading includes a full vocabulary of new words and is in the present tense. ~A worksheet based the reading with 10 true/false reading comprehension questions, a short writing section and guided conversation practice in Spanish. ~Answer Key. Vocab includes: juego nado levanto pesas corro esquío paseo al perro juego al fútbol hago yoga monto en bici toco la guitarra canto en un coro escucho música
Una barbacoa de verano - Spanish Reading Summer Fun (preterite)
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Una barbacoa de verano - Spanish Reading Summer Fun (preterite)

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This reading is about a family who hosts a fun summer barbecue in their yard for all of their friends and neighbours during a Saturday in July. The focus is on seeing the preterite in context. The reading includes a glossary of new vocabulary as well as five reading comprehension questions in Spanish. Activity idea: after reading the story and answering the questions together, students can talk in the preterite tense to describe what happened at a barbecue, picnic or party they have recently attended. Level: Intermediate Includes answer key. Editable word file.
El día de los muertos Lectura Cultural ~ Day of the Dead Spanish Reading
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El día de los muertos Lectura Cultural ~ Day of the Dead Spanish Reading

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This 2-page file includes: ~A reading from the perspective of a 14-year-old boy in Mexico celebrating the day of the dead with his family. It is written in the first person present tense and is therefore suitable for beginning students of Spanish. The emphasis is on the cultural significance of this holiday. Reading includes a glossary of specialized vocabulary ~A worksheet with 8 reading comprehension questions. You may also enjoy my Spanish Reading Bundle: Culture featuring my 8 best selling cultural readings! Vocab includes: las canciones la vela el copal las ofrendas los platos los difuntos las calaveritas el esqueleto la panadería
German Reading: In the Restaurant ~ Im Restaurant
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German Reading: In the Restaurant ~ Im Restaurant

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In this easy reading, students are German can learn how to order food naturally in a restaurant. The reading contains a glossary of new food vocabulary specific to Germany. Activity idea: after reading have the students "role play" going out to eat in a German restaurant by writing their own script to perform for the class or hand in for homework using the new vocabulary.