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Barbara Davis

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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.

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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.
Movie Guide: TAMBIEN LA LLUVIA
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Movie Guide: TAMBIEN LA LLUVIA

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Fictional film based on true events, the Bolivian Water Wars of 2000 when the govt tried to privatize the water supply, raising rates 300% making clean water inaccessible for a large sector of population. A Spanish director filming a movie about Columbus conquest in Bolivia is an interplay between scripted scenes where the Spaniards exploited the Taino under Columbus, and Bartolome de las Casas defends them, while in modern day scenes villagers are exploited by the government and even by the film makers, until one man helps them mobilize and stand up for their rights. An excellent movie, It opens discussion for how little has changed for indigenous poor in much of Central & South America and parallels between the initial exploitation and modern day inequities. Best suited for older/higher level high school students studying the cutural aspects of Latin America as well as language. Contains questions, answer key, topics for discussion and a list of topics for follow up research.
Verbs like GUSTAR Practice
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Verbs like GUSTAR Practice

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This practice worksheet helps remind students of the basics covered in the GUSTAR powerpoint and is a good homework assignments for follow up after viewing the presentation or after being introduced to GUSTAR and like verbs. Worksheet contains several CIERTO/FALSO statements about verbs, and IOP chart for the pronouns, ten short practice sentences where students choose the correct pronoun and form of GUSTAR and four free response open ended questions where students can apply what they know about GUSTAR to related verbs and prepare some responses for in class conversation the following day. Worksheet is best suited to a Spanish II students who has seen GUSTAR and has a working knowledge of some simple sentence vocabulary.
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!
Preterito o Imperfecto? Step by Step Powerpoint Practice with a Fable
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Preterito o Imperfecto? Step by Step Powerpoint Practice with a Fable

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This powerpoint tells the famous Aesop fable of the Lion and the Mouse. 25 blanks for students to decide preterite or imperfect alternate with slides that contain the answers and rationale for their choices. Students can practice a story together and discuss their choices prior to trying some of my other practice fables as worksheets for homework. Each slide contains 2-3 sentences and is immediately followed by the the answers. This powerpoint would work best early on in the preterite vs imperfect unit after students have been presented with the reasons/concepts for each verb tense. Provides an important step for "guided practice" to reduce frustrations and stimulate discussion before students practice on their own. Free preview file is the graphic organizer on blackline for students to track their answers and reasons.
PRUEBA: POR vs PARA
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PRUEBA: POR vs PARA

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50 question quiz that assesses usage of POR vs PARA. Answer key included. Matches notes and practice examples offered in my store.
Preterite Verb Grid to practice conjugation
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Preterite Verb Grid to practice conjugation

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This grid has some forms of verbs in it and students must complete the rest. Once completed it is a handy reference tool to review regular and irregular preterite verb conjugations. Suitable as a review for SPanish III or test prep for Spanish II at the end of the unit on preterite verbs.
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.
Rabid Research: Internet Research on a Spanish Speaking Country
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Rabid Research: Internet Research on a Spanish Speaking Country

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This mini adventure webquest puts students to work compiling information about a Spanish speaking country of choice. I recommend partners and a day in the lab together where you can guide them through the website and help them to form conclusions and comparisons to their own lives in the US. Assignment can be completed in one class period. Allow two more class periods for students to present their findings to the class. Assignment is in English as its designed for lower level or introductory courses but could easily be converted into Spanish for a higher level class, or used for a French class with Francophone countries.
Quiz: Subjunctive vs Indicative
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Quiz: Subjunctive vs Indicative

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50 point quiz suitable for level 3 or higher where students have been working on the present subjunctive tense. Quiz is scaffolded with SUB or IND choices for expressions first (15) followed by fill in blank with Subjunctive, Indicative or Infinitive (15) and 10 situations where students have to offer their own solutions using the subjunctive in complete sentences (20 pts, proficiency) Answer key is provided for the first two sections, the last section student answers will vary. Takes one class period to complete.
Countries and Capitals Webquest: Spanish Speaking Countries
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Countries and Capitals Webquest: Spanish Speaking Countries

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How well you do know the countries of Latin America? 16 short descriptions of interesting facts about each country lead students on an internet guessing game. Great for beginners, practicing countries and capitals, and learning about Spanish speaking countries in general. Webquest is in English so it could be used for a social studies class studying Latin America as well. Students can do this activity in the computer lab or as homework outside of school. I recommend the CIA world factbook website as an excellent resource to find the information listed in the clues. Webquest takes about 30-40 minute to complete.
POR vs PARA #2 Más práctica
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POR vs PARA #2 Más práctica

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60 more practice sentences with blanks for rationale based on Por vs Para notes and Practice #1. Students who need extra practice can continue to use the notes from the first practice packet or you can give the 2nd practice as a quiz. Suitable for level II or higher, as introduction or review. Answer key also included.
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.
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.
Vocabulary List: El Medio Ambiente
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Vocabulary List: El Medio Ambiente

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This blackline master vocabulary list contains 68 terms in Spanish and English for a thematic unit on the environment and accompanies the powerpoint for sale in my store. (List is free) There is a 3rd column for students to create definitions of the words in Spanish or create a sentence that uses each word which can be assigned as homework or completed as you present the powerpoint.
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.
Webquest: Dia de los Muertos
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Webquest: Dia de los Muertos

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Take your students to the computer lab for an hour to learn about Day of the Dead. Webquest guides students through important vocabulary and provides links to video links for students to observe Day of the Dead traditions and to respond with their own reflections. Lesson takes one class period to complete and is appropriate for level III or higher where students have some comprehension of Spanish.
Powerpoint Game: Preterito o Imperfecto?
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Powerpoint Game: Preterito o Imperfecto?

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Another round of "better than you", this game keeps the whole class moving, engaged and receiving instant feedback on the concept of Preterite vs Imperfect. Put desks in pairs, number each station of paired desks. Students write the first station number on their paper and game begins. Students decide preterite/imperfect and race their partner, slamming pencil on desk when finished. Reveal the answer and have ALL students rotate desks. Winning student goes one station lower 6-->5, losing student goes one station higher 6-->7. Settle all ties and disputes, dual wrong answers with a round of ROCK PAPER SCISSORS and continue the game. First student back to their seat WINNING wins the game. Game can be played for entire class to practice or as a warm up before the quiz. Product contains 35 practice sentences with alternating answers to play the game. This lesson works great with level II or higher students who have been practicing the Preterite vs Imperfect concept for some time.