Carrie Toth recently published a great set of documents of her scope and sequence of units and activities for each of her classes, and it made me realize that I have not updated my own “What I teach” posts in a really long time, and things tend to change for me at least a little each year as new readers are published, new songs and movies come out, and the world keeps spinning! So, thank you Carrie, for reminding me to get up to date!
We watch Mi vida loca on Fridays during the 1st semester (we spend about 15 minutes on each episode including a bit of discussion or a short activity). Check out this Facebook group for ideas on how to use this program in class.
My Spanish 2 students come to me from different teachers and have a variety of levels/experience. I like to start the year with card talk/circling with balls and fun, easy stories.
We also do a song of the week, which actually takes about 7 class days per song. The songs are my daily warmup.
Unit 1: Card talk (3-6 days)
Beginning of November: Noviembre sin barba / Noviembre sin ti
During the month of March we do “Musical March Madness” brackets in lieu of our regular “Song of the week”, but we do songs of the week the rest of the semester.
Unit 1: Robo en la noche and Costa Rica (9 weeks)
Robo en la noche (Fluency Matters)
Costa Rica overview
Rio Movie Film Study
Presley: the true story that inspired the movie Rio
Unit 2: Felipe Alou and Baseball (9 weeks)
Felipe Alou (Fluency Matters)
En el tiempo de las mariposas
La República Dominicana (The Comprehensible Classroom)
El durián: El rey que huele mal
Interview with Felipe AlouEl plátano mágico
Spanish 4 and 5
(I rotate these units based on my needs or whether the classes are combined in a given year)
El internado – ongoing TV series we watch on Fridays
Unit “Hasta la sepultura” (4 weeks)
Hasta la sepultura
Unit: Microfinanzas (2 weeks)
Unit “Literature Circles” (1 week or more if we do multiple rounds of circles. Sometimes we do literature circles with full-length readers that we haven’t used as whole-class readers and make it a longer unit.)
Vidas Impactantes (I save Azucena Villaflor for prior to reading La Guerra Sucia) (Fluency Matters)
Leyendas Impactantes (coming summer 2018 – download preview here!) (Fluency Matters)