I have written a short story to promote environmental awareness in elementary students. The short story in Spanish has images to facilitate comprehension. Great story for TPR with your younger Spanish students. PPT in PDF format.
I also use the PPT to model how to write a short story and makes connections to the environment for the high school students. Working in a group, students create a short story, draw pictures and put it all together to create story books that are donated to the local day care center. This year the students made bilingual books. On top they had Spanish sentences and on the bottom they had English sentences. In between the sentences they had pictures. Students also earn community service points for this project and can mention the project on their college applications.
We used the larger size construction paper and folded it to create a front and back cover. The pages of the story book were made of computer paper. Students used pencils and rulers to draw lines on top and bottom of paper to provide spaces for the bilingual sentences. Then in the middle of each page they drew imagery and colored it in. Then wrote sentences in pencil. Once they were happy with the sentences and i checked for errors, then they went over the pencil sentences with a colored sharpie. Most students selected the green sharpie since the color ties in with the environment. Many students also volunteered to go to the day care center after school to read their books aloud to the children. First, you need to get approval from parents and the day care director as well as your principal.
Common Core Standards:
Identify the main idea and most supporting details contained in culturally authentic materials using electronic information and other sources related to targeted themes.
Recognize familiar words and phrases understand the main idea and infer the meaning of some highly contextualized unfamiliar spoken or written words in culturally authentic materials using electronic information and other sources related to targeted themes.
Infer the meaning of some unfamiliar words and phrases in academic and formal contexts.