Students will engage prior knowledge as they read the familiar tale of Cenicienta (Cinderella) as told from her first-person perspective. As they read, they practice using the different forms of the preterito (preterite tense) of regular and irregular verbs. They will also be able to note some key words that indicate preterito tense (i.e. de repente, un día, etc.)
Included is a series of pre reading strategies, comprehension questions, and post reading analysis to develop good reading skills in Spanish.
This will also set the stage for them to continue their progression into discovering the differences between the preterito and the imperfecto. In this reading, they will easily see how the preterito deals with specific actions that happened during the events surrounding her ascension from servant to princess.
As they read other fairy tales or stories, they will be able to determine the differences in how the two past tenses are used because they have a good basis on how to use the preterito.
This assumes prior knowledge of the pretérito and is most useful for intermediate and above.
Answer key for conjugation practice included.