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Barbara Davis

I am a High School World Language Teacher of Spanish, French, ESL and Bi-lingual education with 23 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 23 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.
Preterite and Imperfect Project: Create a MURDER MYSTERY

Preterite and Imperfect Project: Create a MURDER MYSTERY

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.
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DIEGO RIVERA PROJECT: The Making and Meaning of his Murals

DIEGO RIVERA PROJECT: The Making and Meaning of his Murals

This is one of my favourite lessons to do and one I am most proud of. I received an award for this lesson at the state level in a teaching lesson contest. Students work in small groups to replicate, research and interpret a mural by Diego Rivera. I never cease to marvel at how well their work turns out and everyone learns a ton about Diego Rivera. Great end assessment for a unit on art, or as prep for AP/IB programs this lesson is suitable for Spanish III students or higher. Includes commentary on how to execute the project, detailed student explanation, helpful weblinks and readings, list of murals that are suitable for research, helpful thematic vocabulary for students to prepare their written portion.
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Cultural Investigation Portfolio: 101 Activities for Spanish Students

Cultural Investigation Portfolio: 101 Activities for Spanish Students

This project is my brainchild of 10 years of teaching. The Cultural Investigation Portfolio contains 101 different activities linked to various aspects of Hispanic culture, organized by interest (music, culinary, historical, artistic, etc) These student led projects start my class every day for the first 5-10 minutes as the 1-2 students of the day present their project and findings show- and-tell style. Because there are so many different activities, there is something for everyone in the room. Often one project leads to another, as a student is inspired by a classmate to pursue a topic further or connect it to another. I love this portfolio because kids have so many different choices, and most will select projects that showcase their individual talents in other areas, so you and the class learn about each others artistic or musical abilities. Many of these adventures are designed to send students into the Hispanic community to interact with local employees and business owners...
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Movie Guide: The True Cost

Movie Guide: The True Cost

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.
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Articles in Spanish: Definite and Indefinite with Practices

Articles in Spanish: Definite and Indefinite with Practices

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.
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Movie Guide: LIVING ON ONE DOLLAR

Movie Guide: LIVING ON ONE DOLLAR

This 56 minute documentary on Netflix is the best thing I have seen this year for either a Spanish or Social Studies. 4 college students spend 56 days in a remote Guatemalan village on 1 dollar a day budget, while exploring effects of living in extreme poverty and some innovative solutions people have come up with to survive. Excellent for any Spanish class where you have been studying immigration and reasons people leave their home countries to risk their lives traveling to the US, or for a Social Studies class looking at underdeveloped countries and what it means to live in extreme poverty. My students loved this film bc it was created by four college students and used their observations and connections as narrative between interviews with people in the village. (Interviews are in Spanish with subtitles, narrative in English. ) Suitable for any level middle, high school, available on Netflix, this film was such a gem you will want to own a copy. Movie guide contains 29 questions.
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Preterite and Imperfect Project: Create a MURDER MYSTERY

Preterite and Imperfect Project: Create a MURDER MYSTERY

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.
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¿SABER or CONOCER?  Notes and practice

¿SABER or CONOCER? Notes and practice

This is an easy worksheet on SABER and CONOCER that could be used to introduce the concept or as extra practice for students who need it. Worksheet introduces when to use each verb and has conjugation boxes for each verb. 20 practice examples follow for students to demonstrate their understanding of the differences. Answer key provided.
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Powerpoint: TENER Introduction and TENER Expressions

Powerpoint: TENER Introduction and TENER Expressions

This 20 slide powerpoint covers conjugation of the verb tener with a few short practice examples and then introduces expressions used with TENER in Spanish. Preview file for this product is a downloadable worksheet for note taking as you present the slides to students. This powerpoint works best as an introductory lesson for Spanish I or as a quick review for Spanish II students returning from the long summer break.
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GAME:  Verb Mania Review III Preterite Verbs

GAME: Verb Mania Review III Preterite Verbs

This game takes students through a 6 station rotation of verb conjugation. At each new station they check their answers from the previous and then continue to the next challenge. This game is best suited as practice for regular and irregular preterite verbs at the Spanish II level or higher. Download includes rules of play, student sheet for fill ins and challenge questions/answer keys for six stations in your room. Activity takes one class period to complete and is an excellent review before a test or as a refresher from last year for Spanish III.
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Movie Guide: Selena

Movie Guide: Selena

This movie guide accompanies the biography of Selena starring Jennifer Lopez, Edward James Olmos and others. Totally kid friendly PG-13 rated suitable for any level of Spanish classes. Great as a sub plan. 27 questions, 3 discussion topics and several internet follow up topics for students.
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Reading Questions: CAJAS DE CARTON - Francisco Jimenez

Reading Questions: CAJAS DE CARTON - Francisco Jimenez

These questions accompany the short story CAJAS DE CARTON by Francisco Jimenez. There are T/F statements, general questions and essay prompts for students to complete after reading the story. This activity is best suited for a level IV or higher Spanish class and takes 3-4 days to complete the story and the questions.
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PRUEBA: Preterite vs Imperfect in context, LA CAPERUCITA ROJA

PRUEBA: Preterite vs Imperfect in context, LA CAPERUCITA ROJA

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.
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Radio Ambulante: Doctor esto es normal?  parte 1 Practica Auditiva

Radio Ambulante: Doctor esto es normal? parte 1 Practica Auditiva

This is the first audio cast in a two part series on Radio Ambulante about the perils of clandestine plastic surgeries performed in Colombia. Audio episode is about 25 minutes long and details the story of a plastic surgery gone wrong. Excellent listening practice with an important message about the value of self acceptance, this audiocast ties in with both AP themes of beauty and aesthetics and global challenges. Download includes comprehension questions, essay topic for reflection and a pre listening discussion activity based on the infographic. This practice is best suited for an AP Level V class or a Heritage Language learner class where students can comprehend Spanish for sustained period of time.
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Radio Ambulante: Doctor, esto es normal parte 2

Radio Ambulante: Doctor, esto es normal parte 2

This download accompanies the 2nd of a two part audiocast about the perils of illegal plastic surgeries performed on women in Colombia. Download contains questions for comprehension in chronological order, useful vocabulary, essay topic and links to follow up articles. These audio casts are best suited for an AP level V class or Heritage Language learner classes where students can process sustained Spanish. This lesson links to the AP themes of beauty and aesthetics and global challenges. The latter part of this podcast explores Colombian law, why prosecuting illegal clinics is so difficult. Answer key included.
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Radio Ambulante:  Soy Marron   Episodio Auditivo

Radio Ambulante: Soy Marron Episodio Auditivo

This download accompanies the story of a Peruvian immigrant who marries an American and relocates to a small town in rural Maine. Following the recent Presidential election, he chronicles how attitudes towards Hispanics have changed since President Trump took office. This audiocast is excellent discussion material for Heritage Language Learners and could be a launch point for a group share if you are seeking to gain a better understanding of some of the daily challenges your own Hispanic students may be facing. Download contains comprehension questions in chronological order and an essay topic for reflection folloing the podcast.
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Radio Ambulante: Episodio Auditivo :EL SUPERHEROE"

Radio Ambulante: Episodio Auditivo :EL SUPERHEROE"

This Radioambulante podcast interviews a real life every day superhero en Argentina Menganno. A family man by day, Menganno cruises the streets by night fighting crime on his motorcycle. This episode discusses the challenges of being a superheroe and is great preparation for the cultural comparision section of the Spanish Language AP test, where superheroes often come up. Download includes comprehension questions, essay prompt, extra link to a Youtube interview for post follow up with the real Menganno and a rubric for grading. This lesson is best suited for AP Level V students or a Heritage Language learner class where students can comprehend Spanish for a sustained period of time and takes one class period to complete.
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Movie Guide: Plastic Paradise

Movie Guide: Plastic Paradise

This study guide follows the documentary Plastic Paradise about the garbage patch in the Pacific Ocean. Activity includes questions in chronological order for the film, discussion questions for small or large groups and a list of things students could do at home or school to take steps to reducing our plastic consumption. The movie is excellent, and is well suited for middle or high school environmental science students. Lesson takes 2-3 days to run depending on how much dialogue you want to incorporate.
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Movie Guide - A BETTER LIFE

Movie Guide - A BETTER LIFE

A sweet movie that lasts 2 class periods, rated PG. Best suited for students in the first years of Spanish study, and appropriate for middle or high school students. This movie works well with "Under the Same Moon" as it looks at a relationship between an undocumented single dad and his American born son. Topics explored include limited work options, inability to report crime, temptation to join a gang and drop out of school. Middle school students loved this film, and I was able to use it to explore how the US handles undocumented workers with a fictional storyline. Movie guide contains 19 questions that follow the film in chronological order and three topics for discussion. Takes two class periods to show, or three with time for discussion and questions. Movie guide and most of film are in English. Movie Guide: A BETTER LIFE by Barbara Davis is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.
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Una Fabula: El Saltamontes y la Hormiga Preterite vs Imperfect Practice

Una Fabula: El Saltamontes y la Hormiga Preterite vs Imperfect Practice

The famous story of the ant and the grasshopper by Aesop serves as inspiration for this preterite vs imperfect practice that works best for Spanish II or III after students have been working with choosing preterite vs imperfect in sentences. Fable includes 33 blanks for practice and an answer key for you.
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AP Cortometraje : EL HIYAB mini pelicula con ejercicio de escribir

AP Cortometraje : EL HIYAB mini pelicula con ejercicio de escribir

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.
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