I wrote this story for elementary students in their first year of learning Spanish. It will work best with elementary and middle school students.
In this story, a boy named Luis must deliver a letter to la señora San Martín, who lives in a red house on Calle Bolívar. The problem: There are many red houses! This is a fun story to teach the difference between tú and usted, ordinal numbers (1st-5th), interrogative sentences, and verb conjugation. There are two versions of the story: one in the present tense (for beginning students) and one in the past tense (for more advanced students). See the preview file for a full list of vocabulary.
This zip file includes:
- ¿Es usted la señora San Martín? - picture story in the present tense
- ¿Es usted la señora San Martín? - picture story in the past tense
- Student version (present tense - text only)
- Student version (past tense - text only)
- Story cards for students to retell the story in Spanish
- 5 worksheets with a full answer key
- Two reading activities: 1) a comic strip template and 2) instructions for creating a skit based on the story in Spanish.
NOTE: This story is sold in PDF format. I have received some requests to put these stories in PowerPoint format. However, many of the artists who create educational clipart specify that the clipart must be locked down in a PDF file, as this secures the file images. Some PDF viewing programs have the option to "view as slideshow", which looks very similar to a PowerPoint presentation. Other programs have the option to view as full screen or full page. This is how I use the PDF files in my class.
I teach this story with TPRS®, a method developed by Blaine Ray.
This story provides input that is comprehensible, engaging, and carefully structured to include lots of repetition. I have been using TPRS® in my classes since 2007 and have found it to be a highly successful method for learning languages. I have used TPRS® with preschool through adult classes and have found that learners of all ages are captivated by stories.