My students love this ridiculous preterite verb practice that accompanies the first two scenes of the film Napoleon Dynamite. You will need the video in order to complete the practice but any one of your students probably already owns it if you don't. Run the film, you can put the dialogue into Spanish for SP III classes or higher and have the students conjugate the verbs in the preterite as they watch. This activity works well at the end of the Preterite unit for level II or as a quick review for levels III and IV. It doesnt even feel like work because the scenes are so funny. I know your students will enjoy the practice! Preterite with Napoleon Dynamite by Barbara Davis is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License.
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Hola! I just purchased and downloaded this activity, and I love it! I just have one question...when I download it, the questions start right off at "escena 2"...are all the conjugations for just that scene, or is it for the first and second scenes...and also, while I'm at it...by scene do you mean "chapter" on the DVD? Thank you for clarifying! Great activity!
March 22, 2013
I basically have the same question as the previous one. Is there only Escena 2? I feel you packet should include Escena 1 as well. Just to inform you barbara, there is just a page and a half in this download. Is that correct? There aren't any instructions nor Escena 1. Please advise.
February 26, 2013
I purchased your Napoleon Dynamite activity but when I downloaded, it started with scene 2. Is scene 1 supposed to be included?
Also I teach level 2 Spanish and we are just concluding the preterite. Do you recommend I show the movie in English or Spanish?
Thanks for your help.
i think that it starts when napoleon throws the doll out the window on the school bus. but if i recall correctly i have two different lessons as my kids wanted a follow up sheet to the initial lesson. as for subtitles it depends on what level your kuds are. i haved used it both ways and sometimes i play it twice for them ...the first time without sound. hope this helps.
19 years teaching experience in High School Foreign language. (Spanish I,II,III,IV, French I,II,III) 3 years teaching evening Portuguese classes at Washington University.
Working on MaED bilingual/ELL certification at Edgewood College.