Friday, March 20, 2020

Unit: Musica y Baile

Music and Dance
We’ve gone through multiple versions of our dance unit.  We tried to make it culturally focused on dances, but found the students’ interest and engagement was divided.  We decided to focus on creating an authentic task for what our students would really do in their lives.  
This is for our 10th graders, a level 3 Spanish class.  We teach in block schedule (80 min) and meet every other day.

They post why not have them post about their experience?  Do they have a concert experience?  Some do, some don’t…either way we’ll make a unit that gives them tons of these experiences! So we didn’t lose culture…we are focusing on pop culture and we know they love music! We're going to fill their brains with stories and experiences about concerts!  We started many days with Senor Wooly Una Cancion Original but didn't require anything with it...just wanted it to get stuck in their heads!

I am really proud of this unit.  I set up the typical IPA a bit different than normal in the fact that we began with a presentational performance.  However, this is not the beginning of the year, we know our students’ abilities and this is in their performance ability.  We used this text (I’ll admit it’s a slightly modified authentic resource…I’m always aware of our mental and time limits!) as a springboard and I kept asking about it all unit long. 

The PowerPoint for the unit

Task: I can share details about my concert experience.
We share this with the students from the very beginning and remind them on a regular basis when we unpack the daily learning target and how it connects to the big picture.
Overall Plan (* = graded work)
Day 1: Connections to music unit
Day 2: Introduction to Artists * (writing IPA)
Day 3: Justin Bieber story
Day 4: Justin Bieber story * (“vocab” focus)
Day 5: Alvaro Soler La Cintura story
Day 6: Alvaro Soler La Cintura lyrics focus
Day 7: Alvaro Soler Puebla story
Day 8: Alvaro Soler Puebla point of view * (“grammar” focus)
Day 9: Alvaro Soler Puebla Dance
Day 10: Chino y Nacho Niña Bonita Concert
Day 11: Nacho “Concert” * (Reading IPA)
Day 12: Events and emotions  
Day 13: Beyonce “Concert”
Day 14: Story Ask and Write together (to serve as “review”)
Day 15: Evaluation*
Day 16: Celebration

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Unit: Involucrado para mejorar la comunidad

This unit is soooo feels so authentic!
I've always loved it. (here's our old version that is solid)..but my colleague and I have made some tweaks that are really powerful to create flow as we guide our students to the final evaluation.

First change:  Rename it (again)!  Involucrados para mejorar la comunidad
I wanted to showcase our goal (create a proposal to our partner college to help communities in need of assistance), so the name makes more sense.  I do one daily translation a day and that's with our daily learning target and sometimes I build the title into that procedure.  I just use my magic pointer finger (which requires English which is normally a no-no) and point to what they translate...and I focus on morphemes a lot.  So for example when we translate para as "in order" I immediately put my pointer on the "ar" in mejorar and pause while they say "to" before moving to the root verb and they say "better".

Second change:  Use an authentic photo for my cover page.
No more cute clip art if I can help it.  I want true representation of the target culture and that's great fodder for communication.  We spoke about it various teams throughout the unit because there's a lot going on.  They also asked questions (!!!) about it.  I will promote and encourage authentic questions ALL THE TIME because they are an absolute essential skill for intermediates.

Third change:  re-evaluate our mini themes to ensure that we are giving examples of ways that communities are being helped so the students have a foundation of ideas (and tons of tons of input based on #authres).

Monday, December 31, 2018

Viva El Toro

Our second unit of the year for 10th grade is a reader and our goal is an interpersonal assessment.  We read Blaine Ray's Viva el Toro (and hopefully we'll get the new edition next year!). This unit has definitely shifted and grown as we've incorporated IPAs to be our structure for a unit.  There are so many fantastic authentic resources that support bullfighting and I'm sure that we'll include more in the future.  We wanted to structure this similar to a Socratic Seminar in which students referenced different resources to link them together.  We set our goal for Intermediate Low and try to model and encourage effective communicative skills throughout the lesson and also focused on asking questions on a regular basis.  We set daily learning targets and try to hold the students accountable each day with closure in regards to that goal. 


Saturday, December 29, 2018

My Five Favorite Lessons

Following Martina's lead of #MyFive, I'm sharing my top five fave lessons that I think are useable with all units.

1. Beanie baby toss
1 did my mariposa lesson in my unit called perspectivos de muerte that we studied to align Día de los Muertos. It's a lesson plan format I'll copy again because it engaged students and increases their level of accountability.
Teacher provide hook. in this case we did a Mariposa hand clap (just replace chocolate)
Teacher provide first round of comprehensible input. I pulled out my objects with butterfliesbutt at a time and gave input and asked questions (pics below)
Beanie baby toss as a class:  class stands in circle and give one word you associate with mariposa when you get beanie baby.
Teacher provide more input. I created a "book" and had students readalone before more comprehensible input and engagement via plickers 
Beanie baby toss with partner (same as before but not each student shares out more)

2. Salad bowl

Martina shared this 8 years ago. Carrie Toth describes with pictures on her blog post. It is fin and really gets the vocab into their heads!

3. "Close Watch"
When we have students read, we do a lot to get them to do a close read. I started doing that with videos this year as well. Whether it is a music video or not, the first viewing requires students to watch and write on whiteboards all they can see in Target language. They write nouns, actions, people, etc. Teacher calls on everyone to report out a word and then writes on front board. Watch again to try to get five more. Teacher can pause video and provide more CI and refer to the words the students provided.
The next watch can then be specific to your goals of the video.

4. "What's that?"
Gather around table in the middle to see what teacher has. I leave all objects in the giant "pot" for an suprise element.  As I pull out, I describe and ask some questions (thinking about giving them ideas and vocab they'll need for next idea)
Then hand out sentence strips (aka sentence starters) and students form their sentence when ready and teacher can elaborate or comment on students sentences when appropriate

5. Achi Pachi
Trick them into practicing questions through repetition.  My friend Senorita Walpole wrote a blogpost about it

Thursday, December 27, 2018

My 5 Blog post Influences

Here's my top 5 Blog posts that had a huge impact on my classroom:

1. Encouraging L2 from students
La Maestra Loca Points System
Huge game changer and easy to implement!

2. Sentence stems
Such an easy trick to prepare students to participate in a group conversation. No more crickets!

3. CI Tips
Notes from NTPRS 2017
high-leverage strategies ...those yielding amazing results with minimal effort

4. Deskless

Joining the trend!
Benefits of going deskless

5. Vocab List-Less
I saw Amy Lenord present this idea at ACTFL 2016 and was inspired!  I have really tried to lessen the list and depending the unit may have no list!  Added support from Carrie Toth

Friday, November 9, 2018

Spanish 5: Perspectives of Death

I wanted to make this unit to align with the PERSPECTIVES of Day of Dead. For the last few years, it was on family traditions, but we wanted to tweak this to give the students more to talk about in their final interviews.

We also set our goals on creating experiences and going slow.

Overall plan:  Perspectivos de Muerte
  1. Vamos a Morir (movie talk and song analysis)
  2. Holiday Comparison (show clip from El Libro de Vida)
  3. Art: Jose Guadalupe Posada (IPA reading)
  4. Cemeteries (stations, including a chat station with teacher)
  5. Mariposas
  6. Ofrenda (lots of hands on stuff)
  7. Perspectives of Death (Octavio Paz quote)
  8. Work day 1
  9. Work day 2
  10. Interview & on-demand writing
I would love to add a day about the parade in Mexico City.  I had no idea about this.  Hollywood actually inspired the new tradition.  Prior to 007, there was no official parade in DF and the parades were in small towns.  I feel like this could be a rich discussion.  

Choice HW (this was quickly made, so it’ll have to be added to as I collect more #authres)

Sunday, October 21, 2018

Cuentos y Leyendas

This is our intro unit for Level 3, 10th Grade.  We make the goal clear from the beginning with our students.  We're doing a unit in which they'll have to retell a story popular in the Hispanic culture at the end at Intermediate Low.  So we created a unit with Backward Design in order to build them towards a successful presentation. We set daily learning targets and try to hold the students accountable each day with closure in regards to that goal.