Spanish Unit Plan:

Spanish First and Second Years
This unit is designed to introduce and then recycle the Super Seven (7) Verbs: hay, es, tiene, está, quiere, va, le gusta; along with some of the 10 Super Verbs: puede and le dice. It also includes vocabulary for: the family, the house, food, colors, numbers, age, and time.

I incorporate several activities throughout the unit:

* Personalized Questions and Answers (PQA)
* Mini-Stories created by the students using real information from the students’ lives,
* Read and Discuss the mini - stories,
* Draw and Retell the mini – stories,
* Read chapter 1 of Brandon Brown Quiere un Perro – by Carol Gabb - Copyright ©2013 by TPRS Publishing, Inc.
* Reader’s Theater using student actors and props
* Choral reading and translation of the chapter
* Listening activities – using the song “Tengo tu love” by Sie7e (found on youtube.com)
* “Movie – Talk” (created by Dr. Ashley Hastings) The Force: Volkswagen commercial (found on youtube.com)
* Read and Discuss – movie script (available in Spanish in the present tense, past tense, subjunctive mood)
* Running Dictation and Guided Dictation
* Read and Pantomime
* Quick- write (10 minutes)
* Comprehension quizzes

1. First three structures: he wants (quiere), he has (tiene), he likes (le gusta)
a. Establish meaning
b. PQA using dog and cat and adding animals that students like; using Beanie Babies™
c. Write class stories using real-life information about the students
(1) Read and Discuss: story projected on the screen, read with laser pointer
(2) Students do a quick-draw (six pictures of each of the mini-stories)
(3) Students re-tell the mini-stories using the pictures

2. Read chapter 1 of “Brandon Brown quiere un perro” (Brandon Brown Wants a Dog) by Carol Gaab
a. Introduce cognates such as rat (rata), hamster (hamster)
b. Read and Discuss chapter 1
(1) Volunteers read and lead choral reading
(2) Chapter is projected on the big screen and teacher leads choral translation
c. Reader’s Theater using props ie. rat, hamster, dog, wigs for actors, box for television
d. Written comprehension quiz either in English or in Spanish

3. Listening Activity using the song “Tengo tu love” by Sie7e (found on youtube.com)
a. Lesson plan ideas found on “The Comprehensible Classroom” blog by Martina Bex
b. Verb structures include: I have (tengo) he has (tiene), is worth more than (vale más que)
c. Incorporates several cognates
d. Listening comprehension quiz created by Martina Bex

4. Establish meaning: “he thinks that”, “he goes to” and review: “he wants”, “he has”

5. Personalized Questions and Answers (PQA): ages, siblings, big and small houses

6. Ask a story (based on the upcoming Movie-Talk® video) using student actors and props

7. Movie-Talk ® the youtube video “Mini-Darth” commercial by Volkswagen
a. Reviews the verbs: he wants, he has, and TPR’d words such as walks, eats, raises up, moves
b. Reviews emotions: is sad (está triste), is irritated (está irritado), is happy (está feliz)
c. Introduces house vocabulary ie. bedroom, living room, kitchen, lamp, chair, table, window
d. Reviews adjectives used to describe students, ie. tall, short, nice, funny, kind, etc.
e. Introduces new verbs: he thinks that (piensa que)

8. Games that provide/reinforce the structures and vocabulary
a. Charlemos
b. Pancho Camacho
c. Yo veo a una persona que…

9. Read and Discuss the Movie-Talk ® video that is typed up and projected on the screen

10. Running Dictation – based on the Movie-Talk video
a. Students are divided into groups of three (faster processors with slower processors)
b. Each group has one sheet of notebook paper divided into 4-6 squares
c. 4-6 posters are hung on the wall outside the classroom with 1-2 sentences each
d. One group member runs outside to read one of the posters, returns to his/her group and tells the
group what he/she read, making sure to tell them which numbered sentence they are reading.
e. Another group member writes what the runner tells them, in the corresponding box
f. The third group member helps the writer with spelling and remembering what the runner said
g. Each group member runs and reads at least once
h. The sentences are then read numbered in the correctly ordered sequence according to the story
i. More ideas to increase the rigor could be added if needed

11. Guided Dictation by Teacher – graded quiz
a. Listen: students listen to 5 sentences and write one at a time on their piece of notebook paper
b. Write: students write in blue or black ink, each sentence on the first line of the paper, skipping
4 lines between each sentence
c. Corrections: Using a red-ink pen, students see each sentence, one-at-a-time, and make corrections
on the second line (the line just below the blue/black sentence) writing only the corrected word
d. Re-write: Using a green-inked pen, students re-write the corrected sentence on the 3rd line
e. Teacher grades the re-written “green” sentence only (Out of 10 possible points, I deduct one point
for each error found in the green sentence).
f. The 4th line is intentionally left blank to allow for ease of reading

12. Novel Reading - Chapter 2 “Brandon Brown Wants a Dog” by Carol Gaab

13. Comprehension Quiz based on the chapter readings

14. Free Write – Students rewrite the story in 10 minutes…aiming for 100 words

15. Student Written Reflection on effectiveness of activities/methods and overall experience in class


Bex, Martina (2015) The Comprehensible Classroom www.martinabex.com

Gaab, Carol (2013) Brandon Brown quiere un perro, ©TPRS Publishing, Inc. P.O. Box 11624, Chandler, AZ 85248

Hastings, Ashley (2014) Copyright ©2014 Global Language Education Services LLC http://glesismore.com/language-education-education-consulting.html

Slavic, Ben (2008) TPRS in a Year, www.BenSlavic.com