This fill in the blank preterite exercise uses cultural and historical information from Cuba as its thematic base. I believe in teaching grammar in a cultural context, thus maximizing the student's exposure to the language and culture. It's appropriate for secondary and post secondary students in the early levels of the language. I use this with Spanish 1 students, who range from grades 9 through 11. It's also suitable for level 2, or in post-secondary terms, 101 and 102.
Please note: The activity is one page, with a second included page containing the answer key.