I enjoy reading about what other teachers do in their classes so I am also sharing what I plan on doing. I also like to update my plans based on the previous year’s successes. This is for my Spanish 2 class. It is a full year class and we are on the block schedule. This is for the first semester; I will post the semester 2 plans when the time comes.
Here is the semester 1 outline:
Quarter 1: (September-October)
We will start the year by doing the persona especial and by talking about what they did over the summer. I give them this sheet. We will do the one word image à la Ben Slavic. I also like to start each year (and in every class) by reading a really easy novel. We read it in groups and we just read it. No activities, no writing, no assessments. We might talk about the novel as a class but that’s it. It is a great way to get back into the Spanish language after the summer. In Spanish 2, we will read Agentes Secretos y el mural de Picasso. or Isabela captura un congo (haven’t decided yet or I might give them the choice!)
I also spend a lot of time on doing Personal Interviews (La persona especial). I start the year by giving each student the questions and they fill out the answers. When they are interviewed, they have their answers in front of them. I type up the responses with a photo and we read it the next class. Kara Jacobs has a great question and slideshow template HERE.
We will listen and watch Billy y las botas/Billy y las botas 2 We will do the activities from Señor Wooly and from Carrie Toth. We will also MovieTalk the video.
Towards the end of September and the beginning of October, we will begin my Day of the Dead unit. We will read Tumba and MovieTalk la Danza de los Muertos. We will also watch the film The Book of Life.
We do songs from my song packet, about one song every two weeks. New this year, my goal is to go beyond the cloze activity. Look for a blog post soon about this.
And beginning in late September, we start watching Mi Vida Loca on Fridays.
The focus for quarter 2 is the novel Esperanza. We talk about immigration and do several of the activities in the teacher’s guide. Martina Bex has more activities HERE and Sharon Birch has more HERE. We watch the films La Misma Luna, Which Way Home, and Una Mejor Vida. I begin with this immigration similation hook
We continue listening to songs and MovieTalk any good new videos. (Can’t wait to see if they make a new Loteria El Gordo video!) A great MovieTalk that I like to do during this time is El cacto y el banco. Carrie Toth has activities for it HERE.
When we get closer to Christmas time, we look at the tradition of Los Reyes Magos.
This is all done without a textbook. Of course, I am always flexible and willing to add new things during the course of the year. If I read about a new activity or learn of a new strategy at a conference, I’ll use it.
*This is just what I do in my Spanish 2 class. There are certainly many other possibilities that could be done.