June 2017 - Mis Clases Locas

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Teaching with Novels

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Resources

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Meet Sra. Wienhold

Quick Tip: Welcome Banner for Spanish Class

Quick Tip: Welcome Banner for Spanish Class


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Standard Based Grading in Spanish class

How to Start Standard Based Grading in Spanish class

I have had a few questions lately about how I grade, so I figured it was time for a post. With a change in methods, how I asses has naturally changed. A couple year ago I switched to grading my modes of communication (Interpersonal Speaking, Presentational Writing and Interpretive Reading, and Interpretive Listening). At the time I also had a 10% category for Culture, which included Real World Choice Work. Switching to these categories, really helped me focus on WHAT I was assessing. If an assignment did not fit a category, should I really have been assigning it? This helped me finally fully move away from quizzes that focused on grammar or vocabulary because they did not fit any certain communicative focus! It also helped me cut the cord to giving a grade for a craftivity such as the piñata


How to start Standards Based Grading (SBG) in Spanish Class
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What to do with a song in Spanish class

What to do with a song in Spanish class

If you have been reading here for any length of time you know I love to use authentic music in my Spanish classes. I love using music so much that I have weekly routines built in to make sure to incorporate what many students have told me is there favorite part of Spanish class, music. But, what if you want to mix it up? Here are some ideas of what to do with a song in Spanish class. 


What to do with a song in Spanish class
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Teaching the novel Bianca Nieves

Teaching the novel Bianca Nieves y los 7 toritos

According to my end of year survey the favorite book of the year for Spanish 2 was Carrie Toth's Bianca Nieves y los 7 toritos. It is technically a level 1 book, but with the high interest story and theme, and past tense, it was a great way to end the year in level 2. You can get the novel and teachers guide here. The guide is one of my favorites and has such great ideas. There are so many for each chapter in fact, that I am going to share what I chose to use in this post. If you would like more details on each activity, I highly recommend you get the teacher's guide

Teaching the novel Bianca Nieve y los 7 torritos

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Curriculum Year 6 - Teaching Spanish with Novels

Teaching Spanish with Novels 

Curriculum Year 6 - Teaching Spanish with Novels


You may think that it is crazy that I am already planning for next year, but I can not not help it, I love it! We may have just finished school last week, but I am always looking ahead to a tentative long term plan. At the end of the year I did Google form surveys in all classes asking which novels they liked best, how they felt about the difficulty level, as well as let them vote one which books sounded most interesting for next year. This feedback was so helpful as it guided which novels each level would read and in what order. The favorite book from Spanish 1 was Peter va a Colombia, Spanish 2 was Bianca Nieves y los 7 torritos, and Spanish 4 was Vida y Muerte en la Mara Salvatrucha. It is interesting that it was my first time teaching all three of those novels this year! 

Each level is composed of two semesters that are 18 weeks each, with about 50 minute classes. To see what I have done in past years see: Curriculum years 1-3 & Curriculum - year 4 & Curriculum year 5. Also, to see how I plan for upper level Spanish classes, see this recent post. To get more information about teaching with novels, check out the post Teaching a Novel 101Many of these novels could be taught in many different levels, but this is how I feel it will work best with my particular students. 

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