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Barbara Davis

I am a High School World Language Teacher of Spanish, French, ESL and Bi-lingual education with 25 years of experience teaching all levels K-University level language classes. I love teaching and always ask for new responsibilities to broaden my knowledge. I am a documentary buff so I also write movie guides on a variety of Social Studies and Health related topics in addition to World Languages. I am excited to be able to share lessons with others and welcome your feedback.

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I am a High School World Language Teacher of Spanish, French, ESL and Bi-lingual education with 25 years of experience teaching all levels K-University level language classes. I love teaching and always ask for new responsibilities to broaden my knowledge. I am a documentary buff so I also write movie guides on a variety of Social Studies and Health related topics in addition to World Languages. I am excited to be able to share lessons with others and welcome your feedback.
Movie Guide: The True Cost
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Movie Guide: The True Cost

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This Netflix documentary will change how students think about their clothing purchases and consumption habits overall. Great for Social Studies or Family and Consumer Science, this 95 minute documentary examines the origins of where our clothing is produced, and its cost to the people who make it, our environment and the planet as a whole. Suitable for any level of middle or high school where you are discussing economy, global trade, environment this film will open up much to discuss. Lesson down load includes a brief survey for students prior to watching in a think/pair/share, 25 chronologically ordered questions,, three experiments for students to complete at home after the first night of viewing and space for personal reflection at the end. Lesson takes as least two days to complete and could really use a third to help students process what they learned. Answer key to movie questions is also included. Film is available on NETFLIX.
Articles in Spanish: Definite and Indefinite with Practices
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Articles in Spanish: Definite and Indefinite with Practices

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This lesson includes start up notes for students on how to identify the gender of a noun and decide the correct article to use with nouns in Spanish. Each note section is followed by practices that can be completed indidivually as homework or together as a class during introduction of the concept. Page 2 outlines rules for making nouns plural and includes 40 practice examples. Lessons can be taught separately or together.
Preterite vs Imperfect Practice Sentences
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Preterite vs Imperfect Practice Sentences

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125 practice examples for using preterite and imperfect. Some in English to start, some more in Spanish, then some simple sentences and some challenging sentences. Four pages of practice that you can give all at once or break apart and assign daily, use in class for discussion, whatever you like because we all know we never ever seem to have enough practice using and choosing Preterite vs Imperfect!
Reflexive Verbs: Practice Packet
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Reflexive Verbs: Practice Packet

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This five page packet contains everything you need to introduce your students to reflexive verbs in Spanish. Includes: a list of reflexive verbs and their definitions, a step by step explanation on the use and conjugation of reflexives with practice samples, three worksheets to practice conjugations, deciding if a verb s/b reflexive in simple sentences and box charts of stem changers.
Regular Verbs 100 Practice Sentences
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Regular Verbs 100 Practice Sentences

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There never seems to be enough practice included for verb conjugation. This packet contains 100 simple sentences for students to practice conjugation of regular AR, ER, and IR verbs. Originally created for practice in the present tense you could assign this in any tense for students to practice. Packet contains box charts for verb endings followed by sentences, 40 AR, 30 ER and 30 IR. More than enough to get the idea of verb conjugation. Great for exam review as well.
Movie Guide: FREEDOM RIDERS PBS American Experience
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Movie Guide: FREEDOM RIDERS PBS American Experience

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PBS American Experience has an excellent episode on the Freedom Riders and the Montgomery bus riots in the struggle to disband segragation in the deep South. The program is just under two hours and could be cut apart over the course of several days with opportunities for students to discuss in pairs and larger group some of the ethical dilemmas and risks that the Freedom Riders risked. This movie guide contains 40 questions in order of the program with opportunities for "think pair share" and several follow up topics for after the program for students to journal or discuss with classmates. PBS American Experience is available for free through PBS Website or streaming through a Roku/Chromecast. This lesson works best for high school aged students studying the Civil Rights movement in their social studies classes.
AP Cortometraje : EL HIYAB mini pelicula con ejercicio de escribir
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AP Cortometraje : EL HIYAB mini pelicula con ejercicio de escribir

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Students studying identity or simply interested in recent current events will respond to this short 8 minute film on the topic of wearing the Hijab in school. Lesson includes link to video (there are a lot great free short films on this site) and questions for students to respond to as they view the short film. Writing prompt discusses the topic of mandatory dress codes in schools vs uniforms and provides opportunity to respond to a prompt in a persuasive paragraph. Lesson takes one class period to complete, but could easily be expanded to two. class periods for a discussion/debate after students have seen short and answered preliminary questions. Writing prompt can be completed in class or assigned as homework. This mini lesson is an excellent activity for a level V or Heritage Learner class preparing for the AP test.
Preterite vs Imperfect: Reference chart and buzz words list
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Preterite vs Imperfect: Reference chart and buzz words list

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This is a simple one page reference chart of common BUZZ words and cases for using either the preterite or imperfect tense. I usually photocopy it onto coloured cardstock where students can reference it quickly as they are slogging through my packet of fairytales deciding which verb to use. Its not rocket science, but my students tell me its been quite useful to them and that they have kept it through the years as they move on to higher levels.
Preterite and Imperfect Project: Create a MURDER MYSTERY
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Preterite and Imperfect Project: Create a MURDER MYSTERY

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One of my students favourite projects, the murder mystery project is excellent for 2nd year students finishing up preterite vs imperfect usage or for 3rd year students as a review of the concept. Students create their own powerpoint murder mystery where they present the victim, 3 suspects and the crime scene. Using preterite and imperfect they include motives, locations, descriptions, personality characteristics in a creative and unique presentation. I assign this project in pairs but a student could easily complete it alone. Students present their mysteries to classmates in powerpoint and peers can make their guess to arrest before the last slide gets revealed. This project won an award as a Missouri Best Lesson Showcase project. Project instructions are in English, model examples in Spanish, project could be easily adapted to Passe Compose/Imparfait usage in French.
Powerpoint: Preterite vs Imperfect Interactive presentation
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Powerpoint: Preterite vs Imperfect Interactive presentation

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Whether you are just learning preterite vs imperfect or reviewing it with higher level classes, this presentation takes you through the usage step by step for all cases involving preterite and imperfect tenses. There are 45 questions sprinkled throughout the lesson for students to choose the correct tense. This lesson was written to accompany classroom clickers remote learning systems but could easily be completed with a pencil and paper if you don't have access to remote learning systems. Takes one full class period to complete if your students are taking notes while you present.
Verb Tense Review Grid
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Verb Tense Review Grid

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My Spanish IV students asked me to prepare them a review grid of tenses (present, preterite, imperfect, future, conditional and subjunctive) for most commonly used verbs. There are no conjugations on this grid, but its a useful template if want to give students extra practice or a review before they start creating or narrating a story. No answer key for this one, but its free for anyone who can use it. :)
PRUEBA: Preterite vs Imperfect in context, LA CAPERUCITA ROJA
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PRUEBA: Preterite vs Imperfect in context, LA CAPERUCITA ROJA

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This 40 point quiz within the context of the fairy tale Little Red Ridinghood works best for students at level III or higher who have been working with Preterite vs Imperfect within the context of a short story. Students prior knowledge of this famous fairy tale will help them to comprehend the context of the story and select the best verb choice. Answer key included, quiz takes about 20 minutes to complete in class. Quiz could also be used as a practice.
Indirect Object Pronouns: Practice Pages
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Indirect Object Pronouns: Practice Pages

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This notes and practice packet works well for introducing students to usage and placement of Indirect Object pronouns. Notes take students through function and placement of IOPs in 1 verb, 2 verb, gerund, positive/negative commands, questions and answers. Packet contains 50 practice exercises grouped together step by step and finishing with open ended questions using IOP's students can discuss with peers in class. This lesson works best for level II or higher, could also be used as a review of Indirect Object PRonouns for higher levels.
Common Prepositions in Spanish
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Common Prepositions in Spanish

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Ever wish you had a list of prepositions to give to higher level Spanish students to use when they are doing journal entries or guided writings? Well, now you do! :) I let my students use these when they are composing paragraphs on assessments. I ask them to use a finite number (you decide) and underline or circle them as they write to identify they have used them.
Movie Guide: The Other Side of Immigration
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Movie Guide: The Other Side of Immigration

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Roy Germano PhD in poli sci visits small Mexican towns to interview people about why many people risk their lives to leave for work in the US. Germano talks with workers, farmers, spouses, families and municipal employees to discover reasons people leave and what happens to their families when they go. This compelling documentary is 55 minutes long and fits neatly in 1 class. It is an excellent companion to one of the many movies about undocumented immigrants and their journeys to the US. Most of this film is in Spanish w English subtitles and works well with any level high school Spanish or Social Studies where you have spent time discussing the immigration. This film is very well made, not rated, and has won awards at film festivals, available on Netflix or for purchase on Amazon. Movie guide contains 22 questions that follow the film. I divide students into small groups and assign each group sections to answer, then share out. Questions included in Spanish and English.
Cultural Investigation Portfolio: 99 Independent Cultural Projects for French Students
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Cultural Investigation Portfolio: 99 Independent Cultural Projects for French Students

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Teaching the Cultural Component to a foreign language class can be challenging. This collection of 99 independent projects grouped together by interest (art, music, history, internet, etc) has something for everyone. Students select which projects to complete and present their findings in the first five minutes of the class daily. Projects have different point values based on time and difficulty levels which students combine to complete 50 points each semester. This portfolio is the ongoing work and revision of 15 years of teaching cultural topics in foreign language classes. Years later students tell me that these are the projects they found to be the most interesting and memorable in their foreign language experience because they connected to areas of personal interest. Download contains goals of investigation, step by step instructions on how to complete the projects, activity sheets for students, 99 diverse cultural activities, supporting guided adventure sheets for community excursions and an exit survey to collect their feedback year end. You will need a couple of days in class to explain to them how to do the projects and to field any specific questions they might have. I ask students to read the activity list and highlight projects of interest to discuss in further on day 2. Afterwards, every day is a new adventure as your students lead the class in their discoveries. Projects help students hone their presentation/public speaking skills while everyone learns. This portfolio works great for home-schooled students as well, they can work at their own pace to discover as many different adventures of interest and connect them to other curricular areas such as art, history, music and culinary. Load up your printer, download is 43 pages long! Note: You will need to insert your own "approved restaurant list" as it will vary depending on where you live and teach. Keywords: differentiated, internet, culture, French, presentation, community, historical, artistic, culinary, communicative
Partner Practice: Las vacaciones con preterito
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Partner Practice: Las vacaciones con preterito

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This partner practice works best for level 2 or higher who have already been introduced to regular verbs and SER in the preterite. Questions are geared to a class returning from a long weekend or break. Students complete their portion of the survey first using preterite YO verbs, then interview a classmate and record their answers using EL/ELLA preterite verbs. Activity takes about 25 minutes if you allow them time to complete their own answers in class or it could be assigned as homework the night before and just run the partner interview in class. (15 minutes) Great review to get them thinking in Spanish again after some time off.