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!