Spanish Writing Fluency

Spanish Cohesive Devices- Conjunctions

Is your school or district phasing in Common Core Standards?  At mine in Charlotte, NC there is a major push for all subjects to incorporate more argumentative writing. Not an easy endeavor for Spanish novices! When we looked closely at the PALS rubrics (from Fairfax County, VA) that our district is using for World Languages we saw that they were very specific and challenging.

A Level One student must use several COHESIVE DEVICES- or conjunctions- and at least 5-6 different verbs in a

presentational or argumentative writing piece.  Wow.  So, I’m taking the time to teach Spanish conjunctions separately and in a variety of contexts. The students are really proud of themselves for speaking and writing compound sentences in Level I and we’re thrilled with their progress with something pretty rigorous.

Here is a  Spanish Cohesive Devices Paragraph Model

Tell your students that they need to use and, then, later, after, finally, and more as much as they can!

Spanish Carnaval is almost here!

CARNAVAL LESSONS & ACTIVITIES

The most fun is to be had with Carnaval! Know what Carnaval in Spanish speaking countries is?  It’s the Spanish version of Mardi Gras, but each of the twenty Spanish speaking countries has its own interpretation and cultural touches, or flourishes.  For a few days before the first Tuesday of February parades, parties, dances, and often costumes and masks take over.  Carnaval celebrants celebrate in a big way before the austere season of Lent begins and lasts until Easter Sunday.  Click this link for a Carnaval Lesson for secondary students.  Click this link for a Carnaval lesson for younger learners.

Here is some basic Carnaval Vocabulary

  • el desfile= the parade
  • la carroza= the float
  • los papelitos= confetti
  • el disfraz= costume
  • la máscara= the mask
  • el baile= the dance party

Spanish Back to School Activities & Lessons

It’s almost here, la aperatura de las clases, or the opening of school!  New or recycled school supplies, or unos materiales escolares, are on eveybody’s mind.

Hispanic Country Cultural Note

Spanish speaking countries have big-box stores that sell school supplies, but there still remains the small office supply or school supply store, la papelería.  Many people head there to get the following:

  • unos lápices= some pencils
  • unos bolígrafos= some pens
  • un bloc de papel= a packet of paper
  • unas carpetas= some binders
  • unos cuadernos= some workbooks
  • unas gomas= some erasers
  • unos marcadores= some markers

Check out the best in Spanish Back to School materials.  Use this coupon code FB10 for 15% off any time!

Mexico Internet Research Project

March 29, 2011 · Posted in Mexico, Middle School Spanish, SPANISH CLASS NOW · Comment 

Mexico Research on the Internet

Sometimes just diving in to Spanish and sifting through it teaches you best. Reading in Spanish on the Spanish language Internet is a vital skill, and like anything else, the more you do it the better you get at it.

Print out this handout on Mexico. Mexico Internet Research Points.   You then need to change the language preferences on Google to include español. Search for each topic and write down what you have found in SPANISH.

Now, here is a quiz or basic assessmentÑ  Mexico Internet Research Questions . Students formulated their own Spanish questions based on the Research Project. Formulating and asking QUESTIONS is a vital skill.

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Spanish Oscar Activities

It’s Academy Award time!  Spanish students, especially the tween and teen set, love talking about the Oscars. Be ready for Los Premios Oscar 2011 with These Activities. Students also have practice using the superlative, mejor, or the best.

Spanish Oscar Vocabulary

  • la película – the film
  • el actor- the actor
  • la actriz – the actress
  • el director- the director
  • la película documental- the documentary
  • la película animada – the animated film

El Día de San Valentín-Happy Valentine’s Day in Spanish

It’s coming up- el 14 de febrero.  Here are a couple of ways to say Happy Valentine’s Day in Spanish:

Feliz Día de San Valentin

Feliz Día de Amor y Amistad  (Love and Friendship)

And, get your free Spanish, printable valentines HERE.

High School Spanish Video Project

January 17, 2011 · Posted in Middle School Spanish, Projects, SPANISH CLASS NOW · Comment 

Spanish Class Now: Student Videos

Calling all high school teachers or anybody who works with tweens and teens in Spanish.  Here is an organized Video Project Handout that you can customize to your students’ texts, content, and units.

I find that students needs explicit detail, especially when they go nuts over making a video. Think and implement CONTROL, ORGANIZATION, MINUTE TO MINUTE MANAGEMENT.  The video projects require us all to be way on top of our game.

CLICK ON THE IMAGE FOR YOUR OWN COPY.

Spanish Super Bowl Vocabulary & Activities

January 15, 2011 · Posted in Middle School Spanish, SPANISH CLASS NOW, Spanish Vocabulary · Comment 

It’s almost here!  Check out the free Spanish football and Super Bowl Activities below.

Free Super Bowl Vocabulary and Activities

Los Tres Reyes Magos- The Three Wisemen- Today!

Check out the gorgeous Tres Reys Magos parade from Madrid last year.  Today or today is the time for spectacular parades and fiestas all over the Hispanic world to celebrate the official end of the Christmas holidays with the visit of the Three Wise Men. Children write letters to the Reyes attesting to their good behavior and deeds so that they will receive candy and treats from the Reyes left in their empty shoes.  So much fun for all!

A simple Spanish reading and lesson on the visit of Los Tres Reyes Magos brings some celebration to learners.

A paper shoe template put out for the Reyes is also handy.

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