Category Archives: Storytelling

1st semester Spanish

These are the stories that I’ve used in my first semester 8th grade Spanish class (Level 1). Wildebeest Movietalk: Hay, Dice, Ve. Martina Bex has this great Embedded Reading/Movietalk which is a perfect thing to start the year. This lesson … Continue reading

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Soy Yo by Bomba Estereo

I’m sure by now you’ve heard about this song and video. If not, you’re gonna love it. Here’s how I recently used it in my class: 1. Students work on “Soy Yo” packet by Kara Jacobs. I used 5 pages: … Continue reading

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Buzz Reading

This technique I stumbled upon while thinking of a way to practice reading our class story. I love ringing the classroom bell (a great prop, especially when teaching about the 89 year old Paletero in Chicago who received over $380,000). … Continue reading

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Making your own CI movies

After my class finished reading the TPRS Publishing novel Esperanza and were working on their final projects, I spent some time playing around with an iPad and ended up making a video for chapter 1. The most useful aid in … Continue reading

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Immigration with Esperanza

I have been using the TPRS Publishing novel, Esperaza, with my 8th grade class and over halfway through the book, it has been a success. My students have particularly enjoyed listening to the audio book as they read. I find … Continue reading

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Writing a Novel Chapter Summary

Our students just finished the first three chapters of the novel Esperanza by Carol Gaab, of TPRS Publishing. So far, so good. I’ve been using the Teacher’s Guide, which is very helpful. And the audio book is a great support … Continue reading

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La Criatura Story Continued

I used Martina Bex’s La Criatura story with my level 1 class a few weeks ago. The next day we continued that story to explain what happened to the “criatura”/science teacher. We were able to recycle so many vocabulary words … Continue reading

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Monstruo del Armario MovieTalk

Our theme of creepy movies used during MovieTalks continued with the 2:50 video from Pablo Conde titled “El Monstruo del Armario”. (We’ve also used Alma, and a video I call Toc-Toc) This movie worked well after students had created their own … Continue reading

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Pedacito de Navidad Movietalk

If you are looking for some authentic resources for La Navidad,check out our post with includes: -a template for writing a letter to “Papa Noel” : Carta a Santa requirements -the letter template:  Carta a Santa We like Jesse y … Continue reading

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Fotografia by Juanes Embedded Readings

In this post we shared with you our Storytelling lesson related to the Juanes song Fotografia. This story features the structures busca, llama, and está/ no está. You can download FREE Fotografia story or you can buy our editable version which also includes … Continue reading

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