Handout has 73 fill in the blanks with the Imperfect or Preterit as students listen to the audio. The link for the audio is on the handout.
Since it's a longer listening activity, I usually pair the students. Also I do one page at a time. Each time we review before continuing onto the next page.
As we review the fill in the blanks, students discuss why the Preterit or the Imperfect was used. This normally takes about 45-60 mins depending on the level. If you only have 30 mins. class period, the activity can be done over two days or do part of it in class and assign the rest for HW.
The appropriate level for this story would be Spanish 3, 4, 5, or native/heritage speakers. If I'm using this story for Spanish 3, I do pre-teach the vocabulary. If I use it for Spanish 4 or higher level, I truly do not need to pre-teach the vocabulary.
For Spanish 3 I do use many graphic organizers to help them fully comprehend the story (story map, sequence chart, etc). The graphic organizers are great for closing activities or even the day after reading the story as a Do Now. Students work with a partner.
For the high level students, I group them in group to discuss the story in the target language. As a closing activity, students share their thoughts with the class.
As a follow up activity, I have students summarize the story for HW.
Link for story: http://www.eslconnect.com/apspanish/arboldeoro.html
I also use the audio for the story for all levels. I have them listen to the audio prior to reading the story and then ask them for the main idea of the story, describe the characters, describe the setting, etc. Afterwards, they read the story. If it's a Spanish 3 class, we read the story together, if it's a higher level, students read it with a partner.
You might also be interested in my Arbol de Oro bundle that contains this worksheet as well as other materials:
You might also in interested in the Ana Maria Matute Bundle which contains materials for several stories written by the Spanish author : https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Ana-Maria-Matute-Bundle-1644058
You also might be interested in the Preterit vs Imperfect Grammar Practice Bundle:
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.