My scope and sequence

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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!

Spanish 2

Semester 1:

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)

Unit 2: Initial movietalk/storytelling series (4 weeks):
Darte un beso
Cashnip Kitty
La correcaca (The Comprehensible Classroom)
La cartera
Es una broma

Unit 3: Brandon Brown quiere un perro (3 weeks):
Brandon Brown quiere un perro (Fluency Matters)
Con quién se queda el perro
Mascotas activity

Beginning of November: Noviembre sin barba / Noviembre sin ti

Unit 4: Noches misteriosas en Granada (6 weeks)
Noches misteriosas en Granada (Fluency Matters)
El monstruo del armario
El exorcismo

Unit 5: Navidad/Winter (3 weeks):
12 Christmas Commercials
Los padres no existen/Los Reyes Magos lesson
El gato de Simón “El muñeco de nieve”

Biography of Wisin (in Duele el corazón)

Semester 2:

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
Zoo Ave
Rio Movie Film Study
Presley: the true story that inspired the movie Rio

Los chinchorreros de Taganga / Yo voy Ganao
Biography of J Balvin (Mi Gente Song Packet)

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
Orlando Cepeda
Sugar movie
Interview with Felipe AlouEl plátano mágico
Baseball commercials

Watch the 5 episode series “Aventuras Vascas” (2 weeks)


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Spanish 3

Semester 1:
El internado – ongoing TV series we watch on Fridays
We also do a song of the week, which actually takes about 7 class days per song.

Unit 1: Esperanza, Guatemala, and Immigration
Esperanza (Fluency Matters)
Immigration Unit

Unit 2: Snow White, Bullfighting, Bianca Nieves
Bianca Nieves y los 7 toritos
Te dejo Madrid music video movie talk
Blancanieves film study

Semester 2:

Unit 1: Noche de oro, Conservation, Water Cleanliness
Noche de Oro
¿Cómo se contamina el agua?
Tortugas Marinas
Mar de Plástico (Somewhere to Share)

Unit 2: La Llorona
La Llorona de Mazatlan
Grimm episode – “La Llorona”


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 “La Calaca Alegre and the supernatural” (8 weeks)
La Calaca Alegre
Mamá film short
El Orfanato film study (Comprendes Mendez Spanish Shop)
Short Story:  Chac Mool

Unit “Frida Kahlo” (4-5 weeks)
Frida Kahlo
The paintings of Frida Kahlo
The life of Frida Kahlo
Frida Kahlo cartoon

Unit “Hasta la sepultura” (4 weeks)
Hasta la sepultura

Unit “Spanish Civil War” (8 weeks)
La Hija del Sastre
Los niños robados de España
La lengua de la mariposa
Pan’s Labyrinth
El espinazo del diablo

Unit “Vector and the Panama Canal” (6 weeks)
Short Story: La noche boca arriba
Short Story: El almohadón de plumas

Unit “La Guerra Sucia” (6 weeks)
La Guerra Sucia (Fluency Matters)
Cautiva film

Unit “Civil War in El Salvador” (5 weeks)
Voces inocentes
El Padre Antonio y su monaguillo Andres
La masacre de El Mozote

Unit “Las Maras” (5 weeks)
Vida y Muerte en la Mara Salvatrucha (Fluency Matters)
Abordo del tren La Bestia
Sin Nombre

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.)

mini-Literature Circle
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)


  1. Hi. Thank you so much for sharing! I noticed that many of your units that include a novel study are 4-5 weeks long. How do you finish a novel in 4-5 weeks? What does your pacing look like? Thank you!

  2. Impressive that you reviewed all of this during the month of May-Hem. Definitely the best time to reflect, take inventory, etc. but at such a crazy time of year. Buen trabajo.

  3. This is incredible!!!! Thank you so much. I have needed some guidance on how I teach Spanish. Gracias!!! Gracias!!! Gracias!!!

  4. Thank you soooo much for sharing! I use several units and books of yours and this helps me so much in seeing how others are organizing units!

  5. Do your students take the college board AP exam? Just curious how the novels align and prepare them for the exam.

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