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Training Session #1: 8 Steps to a Productive Summer (Step 1)- Resources for your Spanish Classroom

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Jul 11


Let's kick off our Professional Development Summer Series with Training Session #1:

8 Steps to a Productive Summer (Step 1)

Step 1 to a productive summer will be to share Writing Prompts. Please share at least 1 writing prompt with your fellow teachers. Please include the following when sharing your writing prompt(s):

  1. What level(s)?
  2. What is the target vocabulary?
  3. What is the target grammar?
  4. What is the cultural element?

For example, I will share with you a writing prompt from our very own Español Santillana series:

Writing prompt: "Imagine you took a trip on the Train to the Clouds in Argentina. Write an email to your friend telling him/her what happened on the trip."

  1.  Level(s)- 1B & 1
  2. Target vocabulary- Travel & Transportation
  3. Target grammar- Preterite tense
  4. Cultural element- Train to the Clouds, Argentina

The first 5 teachers to share their writing prompts will receive a FREE Diccionario práctico del estudiante*! Please share your ideas by commenting below. And no worries if you're not one of the first 5 to share, we will have weekly steps and another chance at winning some awesome prizes!

Ready, set, SHARE!

*Before you share, you must be registered to win the free prize. If you haven't registered for our Professional Development Summer Series, please click here!

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Terri July 11, 2012 at 9:45 PM Reply
On the first day of class I sometimes pose the question,"How is learning Spanish going to help/influence your future? Give concrete examples."
Terri July 11, 2012 at 9:50 PM Reply
This for any level of Spanish (upper levels would have the question in Spanish). Target: to understand the motivation of my students And to start them thinking of the importance of learning another language - not that it is simply a requirement for college admission.
Bradley Donaldson July 11, 2012 at 9:57 PM Reply
"It's your first day in Havana, Cuba, and your host family has a lot planned for you. Write a Facebook message to your friend describing what you will be doing that day and where you will be going."

1. Level 1B
2. Target vocabulary - Leisure Activities
3. Target grammar - Simple Future; "ir + a + destination"
4. Cultural element - Contemporary Life in Havana
michele July 11, 2012 at 10:22 PM Reply
For demonstration of the future tense, I give the prompt, " Describe what your life will be like in the year 2020?" I ask for specifics of marriage, children, where will you live, etc.
Sergio July 11, 2012 at 10:57 PM Reply
Writing prompt: “Imagine you've just won an all-expense paid trip to (select a Spanish-speaking country that you're currently discussing) and money is no object. What sites would you visit, and what activities would you participate in, and why?” [Prompt would be in Spanish.]

1. Level(s)- 3
2.Target vocabulary- Travel and tourism, Transportation, Leisure activities (pasatiempos)
3.Target grammar- Conditional
4.Cultural element- Life in(Spanish-speaking country)
Queta Leddon July 12, 2012 at 12:52 AM Reply
For demonstration of the present tense, I give the prompt
You are in Mexico City in a Mercdo Tiangis and you need to bay fruts . Bay frus using vocabulary of food and verb Querer ,necesitar y gustar .
Richard Detwiler July 12, 2012 at 12:53 AM Reply
Write about two things that you used to do when you were little: one that you used to like to do and one that you didn’t. Talk about when, why, how you did them and why you did or didn’t like to do them. Describe one instance of each and what happened.
Level: early level/year 4 high school
Target vocabulary: early childhood and family activities
Target grammar: Past narration using imperfect and preterite verb forms.
Cultural element: Writing exercise is preparation for having a conversation with Spanish exchange program counterparts about their respective childhoods.
Marci Gutiérrez July 12, 2012 at 11:27 AM Reply
1. Level 3B
2. Target Vocabulary: Household chores
3. Target Grammar: Tú Form Commands (Affirm & Neg)
4. Cultural Element: Generation Gaps within the Family Unit &

Juan Carlos de 17 años es el sobrino nieto de Doña María Tacaña. Ella está cuidándolo mientras sus padres están en California para llevar a cabo negocios. Doña María Tacaña quiere encargarse de todo. Escribe un diálogo entre Doña y Juan Carlos explicando lo que Doña quiere que Juan haga y no haga en la casa y en su vida y como responde Juan.
Marci Gutiérrez July 12, 2012 at 11:46 AM Reply
1. Level 3B-4A
2. Target Vocabulary: Advice & Impersonal Expressions
3. Target Grammar: Present Subjunctive
4. Cultural Element: Newspaper Advice Columns

Querido Sabelotodo escribe para una columna de periódico de la Universidad de Santiago dando consejos a los alumnos que le piden. Primero, escribe una carta a Querido Sabelotodo con un problema. Después, Uds. van a intercambiar cartas para responder haciendo el papel de Sabelotodo. Usa el Subjuntivo y expresiones impersonales. Por fin, discutiremos los problemas y consejos que todos presentaron por escrito.
jcepero July 12, 2012 at 1:58 PM Reply
Thank you all for sharing! I will contact the first 5 and send you your free dictionary! Please use these comments as inspiration and ideas for the upcoming school year. And please, continue sharing!
Judy July 12, 2012 at 5:00 PM Reply
Level: 1
Target Vocabulary: city, adjectives, prepositions
Target Grammar: forms of ser and estar
Target Culture: places of interest in Mexico City

You are on a tour of México, D.F. Create a blog in which you share descriptions of what you see and where each place is.
maria July 12, 2012 at 7:07 PM Reply
1. Level: Kindergarten
2. Target Vocabulary: Animals
3. Target Grammar: Nouns, describing words and action words
4. Cultural Element:America Wild Animals

Por ser estos ninos de kindergarten, el modelo debe ser muy elemental y con oraciones para completar. Este es un juego en el que escribimos adivinanzas sobre animales:

Soy ____, ____ y _____. (Describing words)
Vivo en ______. (Nouns).
Me gusta ______ . (Action words)
Diane Chamberlain July 13, 2012 at 3:22 PM Reply
1. Level: U.S. level 5; European, B2
2: Target Vocabulary: career, education
3: Target Grammar: proximate future/future, time conjunctions + subjunctive,
4: Cultural Element: tie in your language skills

Plan for a 35" timed writing during which you will describe your academic and career goals for the next 5 years. Use a multi-paragraph organizational structure with a clearly identifiable thesis statement and logical sequencing of ideas, rich and varied vocabulary, transitional phrases.
Anita Moser July 13, 2012 at 8:12 PM Reply
1. Level 1
2. Target Vocabulary: family members, parties and celebrations
3. Target grammar: verbo tener and possessive adjectives
4. Understanding cultural perspectives on family and celebrations.
Write a description of your immediate family, explaining how each memeber is like, age, likes and dislikes. Also include and discribe an important celebration in which they get together and how is it compared to the Latin gatherings.
Spanish Classroom July 13, 2012 at 8:23 PM Reply
Thank you all for sharing! These are all GREAT writing prompts! Please don't forget to save these ideas for your upcoming school year!
Laura Ona July 14, 2012 at 5:48 PM Reply
1. Level: 2
2: Target Vocabulary: Food
3: Target Grammar: Imperative form
4: Cultural Element: Hispanic recipes

Look for recipes of Hispanic dishes and prepare a PowerPoint presentation including the ingredients, utensils and the steps to prepare it. Don't forget to explain in which country or countries they are prepared!
Marci Gutiérrez July 15, 2012 at 10:33 AM Reply
Hey, María on July 12th! I do this same activity with high schoolers, but we make it conversational for level 1. Los genius pensamos igual, No?!?
Melissa Drummond July 27, 2012 at 6:26 PM Reply
What level(s)? 2nd-3rd grade
What is the target vocabulary? family, personal information
What is the target grammar? 1st person, present tense
What is the cultural element? identifying nationalities with symbols (flags)

Finish the following sentences based on my example (with photos):

Me llamo ________________________.
Soy ___________________________ (nacionalidad).
Tengo ________ años.
Tengo _________ hermanos que se llama(n) ___________________. / No tengo hermanos.
Tengo ____________________ (perros/gatos/peces/etc.) que se llama(n) ______________________.
Me gusta ___________________ . . . .
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