I love using novelas in the Spanish classroom! They're chock full of culture, use vocabulary in context, and are an authentic part of life in the Spanish speaking world. Because they're also engaging, my students are always excited for novela Friday to roll around.
This guide can be used for watching the first episode of the popular comedic novela, "La fea más bella" (the Mexican version of Ugly Betty), which is easily accessible on YouTube, Hulu, or DVD.
The viewing guide is fully bilingual, so it can be used with a variety of levels and asks students to (1) describe the characters they see, (2) classify those characters as good, bad, or neutral, and (3) summarize the main events of the episode. The guide also includes a list of character names with a short description of their role to allow students to identify them as they appear.
I have used this to cover one of the DVD episodes over a series of class periods, as well as to cover whatever part of an episode we were able to view in the classroom on a particular day.
It's also a great jumping off point for some communicative activities (rotating interviews, human bingo, etc.) to reuse some of the concepts they'll study in the guide.