Practice the present subjunctive in Spanish with this twist on a traditional classroom activity! The “Cuento al revés” worksheet is structured like reading comprehension questions, but is actually a creative writing activity that also reinforces key grammatical concepts and vocabulary.
Your students will see the correct use of the present subjunctive modeled in the questions, which will support them as they come up with their own creative answers!
This particular "cuento al revés" focuses on the present subjunctive in nominative clauses. I have included questions for each of the "WEIRD" subjunctive triggers to help your students become familiar with a range of different expressions that require the subjunctive. There are also two questions that do not have a change in subject (using "querer" + infinitive) and one question involving one character who believes that something will happen and another who doubts it. This way, your students won't just go into autopilot, but will have to engage with each question to decide whether to answer with the subjunctive, the indicative, or an infinitive.
This activity has become a class favorite for my students. The questions start out routine and predictable, but they get sillier and stranger as they go! I love to see the surprised expressions on my students’ faces as they encounter the questions that throw a wrench in the stories they are creating!
Un cuento al revés — El presente de subjuntivo, #1: "Lucas y su madre"
El presente de subjuntivo en cláusulas nominativas / The present subjunctive in nominative clauses
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