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!


Super Bowl 46 is almost here, and it is the perfect way to practice using Spanish numbers. ¡Vaya Gigantes!  ¡Vaya Patriotas!  The excitement of the game, the teams, and the players bring Spanish numbers alive like no other event.

Super Bowl Spanish Activities

There are so many opporutnities to use Spanish numbers: describing players and their jersey numbers, player and team stats, and describing the field.

Most of us love the Super Bowl, so talking about it in Spanish is fun.  Here is some basic Super Bowl vocabulary:

  • fútbol americano- American football
  • el equipo- the team
  • el jugador- the player
  • el entrenador jefe- the head coach
  • el mariscal- the quarterback
  • la línea defensiva- the defensive line
  • la línea ofensiva- the offensive line

Spanish Numbers-20 to 100 in tens

  • veinte- 20
  • treinta- 30
  • cuarenta- 40
  • cincuenta- 50
  • sesenta- 60
  • setenta- 70
  • ochenta- 80
  • noventa- 90
  • ciento (cien in front of nouns)- 100

The Spanish present perfect- or what just happened

What has just happened to you? You need to know how to say this in Spanish. The grammatical term for this is the PRESENT PERFECT.  Here are some pointers:

Use the correct helping verb + the past participle = has or have done something.

Present Perfect Practice

More Spanish Materials & Activities

Semana Santa- Spanish Holy or Easter week

April 16, 2011 · Posted in Hispanic Culture, SPANISH CLASS NOW, Spanish I, Spanish II · Comment 

Holy Week, or Semana Santa, is one of the most important historical, cultural, and spiritual holidays in the Hispanic world.  Parades fill the streets with ornate, buy sombre pageantry.

Floats or los Tronos

Los Tronos are the ornate, historic floats used in Spanish especially for the Holy Week parades. In some cities some of the statues are hundreds of years old, or they are reproductions of the statues of Christ, Mary, the Disciples, and more biblical figures used in Spanish in the 1600′s.  Watch the video and read the article in Spanish.


Using the Spanish Conditional- or el potencial simple

April 4, 2011 · Posted in SPANISH CLASS NOW, Spanish Grammar, Spanish II · Comment 

Practice the Spanish conditional mode or the I COULD way of expressing actions as in: I could eat the whole enchilada. Comería la enchilada completa.   A couple of pointers:

  • The infinitive stays intact, or as is, for REGULAR VERBS
  • Irregular verbs do have a stem change; they’re irregular.

Check out this simple, basic explanation: The Conditional Mode

Practice some Conversational Questions

  1. ¿Comerías una pizza entera?
  2. ¿Irías a un parque en el tiempo bonito?
  3. ¿Si tuvieras much tiempo libre en el fin de semana, que harías?
  4. ¿Qué películas verias si tuvieras el chance de ver tres en sequida?

And, here’s some practice or an assessment for using the conditional and double object pronouns in the context or situation of air travel. Spanish Conditional: Air Travel

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