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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.
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 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.
Stem Changer Verbs: Practice Packet
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Stem Changer Verbs: Practice Packet

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This mini lesson packet includes printable notes and conjugation outlines for students when you present stem changer verbs, a practice worksheet for conjugation and comprehension with true/false triva questions, and two versions of a stem changing verb quiz that you can use to assess students ability to conjugate stem changing verbs.
El Condicional: Notes and Practice Packet (Conditional tense)
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El Condicional: Notes and Practice Packet (Conditional tense)

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This 4 page practice packet on the conditional explains to students step by step how to form it and when to use it. Packet contains detailed notes, 40 practice exercises and conjugation boxes, and an essay prompt for students to demonstrate creatively their usage. Can be assigned as homework, extra practice or completed in class. Best suited for a level III or higher class as introduction or extra practice for this concept.
Demonstrative Adjectives Powerpoint: Everything you need to know
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Demonstrative Adjectives Powerpoint: Everything you need to know

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Powerpoint covers step by step the three sets of demonstrative adjectives in Spanish and includes slides for practice. Also explains how to use demonstrative adjectives without nouns. Suitable for any level of Spanish, you can use the powerpoint to present the concept or as a review for higher levels.
Graffiti en Colombia: Un estudio de arte callejera Lesson Plan
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Graffiti en Colombia: Un estudio de arte callejera Lesson Plan

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This lesson plan on street art in Bogota and other urban cities in Latin America takes students on a journey to explore the messages and meanings of street art murals/graffiti. Students will read about the booming graffiti art trend in Bogota, listen to an interview with a famous street artist, view a short documentary about creating street art, listen to a TED talk in Spanish about different kinds of fonts and then finally create their own piece of street art to communicate a message to their audience. Plan to spend a week exploring the different links and budgeting work time for students to get their creative juices flowing and inspire each other. Full size posterboards cut in half are a good size for students to work with when creating their own mini mural, some ambitious students may request a full size board. I ordered drawing pastels from Amazon to expose students to a new medium but magic markers (or spraypaint if you live in a warm climate and have access to an outdoor workspace) also work well. Students enjoy connecting their own works to what they learned about public art in urban spaces. This lesson is best suited for an AP Spanish V or Heritage Learners class and connects to the theme of Beauty and Aesthetics on the AP test. Download packet contains links to all the videos, free downloadable graffiti fonts, link to the news article, space for students to design their rough drafts and some reflection questions for after they complete their works
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.
Una Fabula: El león y el ratón Preterite vs Imperfect Practice
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Una Fabula: El león y el ratón Preterite vs Imperfect Practice

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This exercise based on the famous fable by Aesop gives students 38 opportunities to practice choosing preterite or imperfect verbs in a manageable context. Story contains both regular and irregular verbs and should prompt some good discussions in class as to why a particular tense should be used. Download contains an answer key in addition to the story and works best when used with Spanish II students or higher who have been working with preterite vs imperfect for some time.
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.
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.
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.
Powerpoint: TENER Introduction and TENER Expressions
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Powerpoint: TENER Introduction and TENER Expressions

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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.
Movie Guide: LIVING ON ONE DOLLAR
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Movie Guide: LIVING ON ONE DOLLAR

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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.
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!
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.
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.
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. :)