Guided notes are great for teaching because they:
1) Keep students on task and working at the same pace as the teacher and the rest of the class.
2) Help certain students with learning disabilities to be able to follow along and take notes as well.
3) Make a great reference for student notebooks.
4) Allow the teacher to guide students and point out important pieces of information as they go.
5) Make sure students actually copy the information the teacher wants them to learn.
Here you will find 7 pages of notes to help present or reinforce the imperfect tense in Spanish. Seven pages sounds like a lot, but it is very manageable and is in larger print for students to be able to follow along easily with an overhead projector or elmo machine.
I have included a teacher copy for your reference, but I always use a blank (student copy) and fill it in with the students as I teach.
Later, while students are doing practice work/conversations, I may walk around and give students a participation grade just for filling in the notes. This way, I can make sure they were on task and it gives me an opportunity to answer individual questions that they might still have.
If you have a student that is visually impaired or unable to copy with you, you can always print out the teacher copy for them.
When students are absent, I have extra student copies in my absent station (Please see my ESTUVISTE AUSENTE idea/product.) and keep a teacher copy on a clipboard next to it. Students know to fill in their own copy (or, they may copy this from a student who was present. Again, I give a participation grade for completion.)
Included in this set of guided notes are:
--An explanation of how to form regular and irregular verbs/endings
--Verb chart practice for each.
--Example sentences/conversations for each.