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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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: 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:  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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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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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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¿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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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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Movie Guide: The Sleep Dealer

Movie Guide: The Sleep Dealer

This sci-fi film released in 2012 opens your mind to what the future might look like for global labour relations between the US and Mexico. Set 50 years in the future, water is controlled by the US and rationed at high prices, workers with "nodes" in their arms work remotely from factories called Sleepdealers. Workers connect in Mexico and work in the US. The film is evocative, and sets students thinking about what the world might look like. Great film to use in conjunction with teaching the FUTURE/CONDITIONAL tenses and discuss global challenges, or technology, both AP prep themes. Recommend for any Spanish class level III or higher. Film is in Spanish and English, Movie Guide in both Spanish and English so you can use it for a variety of different levels. Takes two class periods to show film.
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Powerpoint Vocabulario : EL MEDIO AMBIENTE

Powerpoint Vocabulario : EL MEDIO AMBIENTE

68 vocabulary word list around the environment with pictures. You can download for free the blackline master for the list that accompanies the powerpoint. If you are teaching a unit on the environment for a Heritage learner, or level III, IV. or V AP Spanish class this is a great place to start. Student have all the words they need to talk about challenges to our planet and some things they can do to protect the planet, conserve energy etc. I use this powerpoint to introduce a unit on the environment in my level IV class to prepare for the AP test. Students use this vocabulary in a variety of ways culminating in a project where they research an environmental problem in our school and offer a solution. (download coming soon if you want the project)
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Radio Ambulante: Recien Llegados LISTENING PRACTICE

Radio Ambulante: Recien Llegados LISTENING PRACTICE

This 25 minute audio episode interviews several high school students in Oakland CA that survived difficult immigration journeys from their home countries in Central America to the US. Students discuss their transition to American life, reconnecting with family they haven't seen in years, difficulties of adjustment. Download contains 20 questions in chronological order. Different than my other episodes, these questions are structured in multiple choice format (still super challenging) that could be used as a test. Answer key is included. This episode is excellent, teachers of heritage learners will find lots to identify with in the students testimony. Listening practice is best suited to a Heritage Language Learner, but could be used with an AP level V class if you cut it up and replay the pieces a second time for students. Answer key is included.
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PRUEBA: Objetos Directos (Using Direct Object Pronouns)

PRUEBA: Objetos Directos (Using Direct Object Pronouns)

This quiz covers DOP's step by step, starting with filling in the box chart, to identifying DOPs in sentence and replacing them, working with verb pairs, gerunds and finally answering short questions using DOP's. Quiz works best for a level II class that has practiced DOPs extensively or a level III or higher class that is reviewing their usage. (I use this as a review quiz for level IV) Sentences are simple and easy to understand. Quiz is 45 pts and takes half a class period to complete. Answer key is included.
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Repaso de Verbos Contest : Practice grid for Heritage/Advanced Spanish students

Repaso de Verbos Contest : Practice grid for Heritage/Advanced Spanish students

Sometimes even heritage learners need a little help with their verbs. This quick review grid gives them the present tense of each verb in different subjects and asks them to come up with the past, conditional and future tense conjugations. I use this as a small group activity and then have them trade papers with another team to correct the errors using my key. Treating it as a contest more than a worksheet works better and allows kids to put their heads together on a pile of irregulars, stem changers and other unusual conjugations. Students in levels IV and V can also benefit from this activity as the subject nouns aren't specified and will force them to look to the endings to figure out the forms. Activity takes about 30 minutes to run and correct, includes an answer key for you and them.
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Espanol Hispanohablantes: Los Basicos del Futuro

Espanol Hispanohablantes: Los Basicos del Futuro

A one page quick description of how to form verbs in the FUTURE tense from infinitives. Native speakers need less rote practice than a traditional Spanish class and this 2 page review will quickly take them through how to make the future and show them the irregular stems. Page two is an opportunity to use the future tense in an essay prompt to describe the world in 30 years. Download contains some simple tables and prompts to practice forming verbs in the future and essay prompt. Takes one class period to complete.
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RADIO AMBULANTE: La fealdad  Listening Practice questions w podcast

RADIO AMBULANTE: La fealdad Listening Practice questions w podcast

This newest 20 episode of Radio Ambulante addresses the issue of beauty, through the eyes of Gabi who is very self critical and those around her who have criticized and mocked her for her ugliness since childhood. In the interview Gabi explores the topic of ugliness/beauty and how she sees herself, those around her and how others have treated her. This podcast is excellent for a Heritage Learner class or a Level V Spanish AP class as one of the AP themes is beauty and aesthetics. There are a couple of questions the interviewer poses that may make some students uncomfortable (references to body parts) so its best to listen to the podcast and decide if your audience is mature, or if you want to make a brief comment prior to beginning the listening practice to avoid discomfort. Download includes 13 questions in chronological order and 4 follow up topics for discussion or as writing prompts for students to react. Answers to podcast also included and a link on top to podcasts for absent students. Radio Ambulante never disappoints and this topic is spot on for AP test prep.
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Quiz: Subjunctive vs Indicative

Quiz: Subjunctive vs Indicative

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.
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Movie Guide: La Camioneta

Movie Guide: La Camioneta

This movie guide follows the journey of an American school bus as it heads to Central America to be transformed into a vibrant, colorful method of public transport. Documentary contains interviews with drivers, passengers and the people who renovate the repurposed bus. Documentary takes about a class and a half and is available for purchase on line. Beautiful and informative, this documentary works well with AP classes studying the themes of beauty and global challenges.
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Habitos de Estudiar: Partner Practice

Habitos de Estudiar: Partner Practice

This partner practice has students answering questions about their study habits and class behaviours and then surveying 2 classmates. Takes about 20 minutes to run and is great for practice with school vocabulary and frequency words (siempre, a veces, nunca) This practice works best with level II students and lines up nicely with Realidades 1A vocabulary.
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