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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: In Defense of Food (Michael Pollan)

Movie Guide: In Defense of Food (Michael Pollan)

Journalist and author Michael Pollan, who is a food expert looks at our WESTERN DIET and how its affecting young peoples health. Pollan discusses all the different health risks associated with our daily food choices of “highly processed food like substances”. This documentary ran on PBS, is also available on NETFLIX. Its great for a health/wellness class and will definitely get kids thinking about how their food choices (or lack of choices) affect their health and quality of life. Movie guide contains 21 questions in chronological order, a couple of pre watch prompts and a list of suggested follow up activities. Movie runs for two class periods but this lesson could easily be extended for a whole week to give students time to work on and produce some of the follow up activities. Answers included.
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Movie Guide: 13th (Netflix documentary)

Movie Guide: 13th (Netflix documentary)

This 90 minute documentary produced by Netflix chronicles the trend in mass incarcerations, with emphasis on its impact on African American males. It follows trends in legislation through the Nixon, Reagan, Bush and Clinton presidencies and how policy decisions have negatively impacted minorities disproportionally. It also examines the role of ALEC in crafting legislative policy and how member corporations directly benefit from increased mass incarcerations. This documentary would be excellent for any Ethnic Studies or Social Studies class where you are discussing civil rights, racial disparities, and how current legislative policies affect populations differently in the US. Download contains 30 questions that accompany the documentary chronologically and a list of suggested follow up activities for students to take their learning to the next level around the issue.
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Movie Guide: Chasing Coral  (Netflix)

Movie Guide: Chasing Coral (Netflix)

This outstanding documentary chronicles the effects of global warming on our oceans and its consequences on the bleaching/death of coral reefs worldwide. Documentary explains the process and scientists efforts to document the effects of the rising ocean temperatures due to increased greenhouse gas emissions. If you teach environmental science or oceanography, this documentary is an excellent, easy to understand resource suitable for middle or high school students. Download contains twenty questions that follow the film and some suggestions for follow up activities for students including the opportunity to take a virtual reef dive.
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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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¿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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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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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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Radio Ambulante: El Otro, El mismo

Radio Ambulante: El Otro, El mismo

Radioambulante.org is an online radio show that does documentary style interviews with Spanish speakers around the world, similar to the program THIS AMERICAN LIFE on NPR. The stories are often incredible, narrated by the people who have actually lived them. Stories vary in length but most run around 15-20 minutes and I use them in my Heritage Speaker Spanish classes this year to promote listening as well as give students a wide exposure to accents and styles of speaking. Each guide accompanies a partibular episode of RADIO AMBULANTE stories and I am certain that when you listen to them you will want to play them all, for your students or just for yourself. This resource would also be good for an AP level Spanish V class to practice prepping for the listening section of the test, although you may want to pause it periodically or replay it a second time to help students comprehend sustained Spanish. To access the episodes go to radioambulante.org and you can search them by title.
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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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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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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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Presentation: Un viaje muy especial

Presentation: Un viaje muy especial

This student driven short presentation project emphasizes narrating a special trip taken using the preterite and imperfect tenses interchangeably. It is best suited for Spanish III or higher but could be used with a smaller advanced class of Spanish II at the end of the unit on Preterite vs Imperfect. Students compile a list of objects that represent a trip taken and then use them as props to narrate their experience to classmates. Lesson includes specific directions, guided questions for writing their scripts, a detailed grading rubric for you and a listening sheet for students to take notes on their peers presentations.
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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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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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El Internado : Season 1 Episode 3

El Internado : Season 1 Episode 3

This worksheet accompanies students watching the telenovela "EL INTERNADO" about a mysterious boarding school. (Available on Netflix or from Ebay for $14.99) My students love to watch this Spanish series, it is really well made, teen centered and has subtitles in Spanish. EL INTERNADO is excellent for a level IV, V AP or Heritage language speakers class. I use their episodes to study literary components like plot, conflict, actions/consequences, and predictions. Each episode runs around an hour and takes two class periods to complete if you stop for discussion.
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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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