Perspective through literature

While travel is the best way to broaden your perspective, that may be a bit difficult for our students. One way that students can learn about other cultures and see perspectives is through youth literature. I’ve been working on this project with my school’s librarian for the past few years and she has now over 90 books (List: Hispanic Novels) that deal with the Hispanic culture in our school library and is always adding more.reading gives you perspective and culture

In additional to reading Esperanza Rising by Pam Muñoz Ryan, my students also choose 1 book per trimester to read at home.  For those students who love to read, I also challenge them to a Read-Off; for every 3 books they read they earn a special prize (could be anything from extra credit, candy, stickers, getting to sit in the teacher’s chair for a week in class, or anything else that will motivate your students) (Hispanic Novels Challenge PDF)

These stories, allow students to travel around the world. Students read stories about what it is like to be a migrant family, what is is like to work in the fields, what it is like to face discrimination for being latino, what is is like to have to leave your own country, and many other issues. Take a look at our Map of Hispanic Novels:
Hispanic Books on MapI recommend 4 books here, and have been trying to add some virtual “book talks” so students can learn more about the books before choosing. Here are 2 samples:

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One of our recent posts had some good quotes to use at bulletin board dealing with perspective. Here are a few quotes relating travel and gaining broader perspective on the world.

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Adding a little perspective

To piggyback of one of our earlier posts where we talk about the importance of Perspective in World Language, we wanted to post our perspective images that make up our Perspective Wall to display in your classroom.
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Fotografia Story and Tener Que Story

We’ve just finished up 2 new stories with you and wanted to share them with you. Our first story is a story about a boy named Miguel who doesn’t like to study; he wants to play video games. But when he has to talk to the principal he learns a fun way to study that is just like a videogame…

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It was wonderful to see so many of of our colleagues join us at the Illinois Council for the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ICTFL) Fall Conference. For those of you who are checking out our website for the first time, read our orientation below:ICTFL Booth
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Bell Work in Spanish Class

Here’s why I love Bell Ringers in my Spanish class:
1) It gets the student working as soon as the come in the room.
2) It’s a great way to get students to use their notes and practice using the language.
3) It allows the teacher a few minutes to do things such as attendance or check in with students.
4) It serves as a solid routine to start the class.

My bell work, which I call Entradas, are a good to teach students to reference their notes. At the beginning of the year, a lot of students look at the question and when they don’t know a word, they just stop. I have to constantly remind them to look in their notes. When we are going over the answers and a student doesn’t know an answer, I make them look back in their notes to find each word until they understand the question.

This week our focus was on the verbs: Can, Want, and Need:

Spanish class starters   Spanish Bell work

Spanish Bell Ringers     Entrada para la clase de español

On the first day, it took students a little longer to answer the questions, but by the end of the week, they didn’t need to rely on their notebooks so much and could answer the questions rather quickly.

We’ve got a powerpoint recently updated with over 100 Bell Ringers ready to use.
Spanish Bell WorkIf you already own this product, download the update for no additional costs.

Another idea that we’ve recently implemented is from The Creative Language Classroom, “Let them Welcome Each Other to Class“. Each week one student from each class isAssign a profe in each class selected as “Profe de la semana”. After we go over our bell work, the profe gets to ask the typical daily questions, such as ¿Qué día es hoy? ¿Qué hora es? ¿Cuál es la fecha de hoy? and other questions related to the particular unit. Students are excited to answer questions asked by the new “teacher” and I’m more than happy to sit back and enjoy the break from asking these questions every day!

Here’s an example of a few we’ve got ready for the first few weeks of Level 1: Eres el profesor.pptx Free download

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Facebook Contest Winners

Congrats to our winners of the Facebook Me Gusta Stamp and Facebook Profile Project.
Dale D won the Stamp, and Yahaloma P. won our Facebook Project. We were feeling extra giving so we added 2 more projects winner, which were Jennifer C. and Annie R. Those 4 winners have been contacted by e-mail.
Due to the support of this contest, we hope to host more in the future! Didn’t win this time? Don’t feel bad, we’ve got a special offer just for you:

Our Facebook Project are now 10% off on TeachersPayTeachers until September 18th, 2015.

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And our Facebook Stamp is also on sale. Down to $14.99 for a limited time:
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Resources for Hispanic Heritage Month

Did you know there are over 70 National Holidays in Latin America? Did you also know that the most popular one that is taught in schools isn’t even a National Holiday? I’m talking about 5 de Mayo, which is not a federal Mexican holiday (it’s a regional holiday celebrated in Puebla). If you are looking for ways to bring more culture into your classroom, check out our calendar of Hispanic Holidays. This free calendar can be embedded to your class website or to your own calendar to remind you of important days, or you can print a list of the holidays listed by month. Continue reading

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Facebook Giveaway

Our Facebook Spanish Project, after going over a major upgrade this summer, has reached Spanish Facebook Profile Project over 1,000 sales. If you have downloaded this product in the past, make sure you have the newest version by signing in and downloading the product again. (We have a second version here that you may have purchased instead, which is also updated).  If you do not yet own a copy, you are in luck! We are announcing our Facebook Giveaway.

We are have 2 items available in our giveaway:
1) Facebook Profile and Newsfeed Project
2) “Me Gusta” rubber stamp

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Enter our Giveaway clicking here. (Edit: Giveaway has now ended)

You have 5 ways to enter. This giveaway runs from September 10th to September 16th! Get your entries in now and be sure to share with your colleagues!

A reminder, you can also purchase our self-inking rubber Me Gusta Stamp or any amount of our rubber stamps exclusively in our store.
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English Pop Music in Spanish

What’s better than taking songs that your students already know and enjoy in 10 Spanish Versions of Popular English songsEnglish and listening to the Spanish version? Your students will be fascinated listening to the Spanish version of Taylor Swift’s Shake it Off or other current popular songs.

The best part is that they have previous knowledge of the song, so the song is comprehensible. Although, it can also be a discussion of how the song is not a 100% word for word translation.

Kevin, Karla and la Banda are the most successful artists who translate English hits into Spanish. Check out their Spanish cover versions of Taylor Swift, Ariana Grande, Selena Gomez, Katy Perry, and more!
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