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Realidades 1 8A TRAVEL POSTCARD WRITING infinitive expressions preterite

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This product asks the students to use the skills they have learned during the previous chapters and combine them with new grammar and vocabulary to create a travel postcard. The premise is that the students are in the middle of a vacation and they are writing about what they already did (the preterite), but also what they are going to do, what they want to do, what they need to do (etc…) during the rest of their trip.

The focus of this project is using the travel vocabulary, infinitive expressions (double verb sentences) and the preterite to explain their travels in a simple postcard. I used this as final assessment for chapter 8A.

Each of the two assignments in this product has three parts:

1) a brainstorm that they use to come up with the vocabulary they will need to describe each segment of their trip.

2) a section that organizes grammar patterns to help them formulate the body of their postcard. This section also refers students to the page number in the Realidades 1 textbook for each infinitive expression.

3) the writing assignment complete with a postcard blank for the students to fill in.

******YOU WILL HAVE TO SHOW THEM HOW TO WRITE A POSTCARD (where to put the address, the body of the postcard, etc). Writing postcards is becoming a lost art….

This product contains two separate (nearly identical) assignments. One is a postcard that is geared toward the travel experience in Costa Rica, and the other one focuses on Peru. I gave the students the first one as an in-class practice assignment so they could ask me questions and talk to each other while completing their first postcard. The second assignment I gave them to complete in class on their own. I allowed the students to use their books but not any dictionaries or electronics.

During the week that led up to this writing exam, I reviewed the infinitive expressions (double verb sentences) that the students had studied in previous chapters. This helped my students formulate their sentences. I also think it’s helpful to read the travel journal about Peru (pages 390 and 391) with the students before they write about Peru on their own.

These are the infinitive expressions that are included in the product:
Ir a + inf.
Poder (o-ue) + inf.
Necesitar + inf.
Tener que + inf.
Pensar (e-ie) + inf.
Preferir (e-ie) + inf.
Querer (e-ie) + inf.
Deber + inf.

If you’re interested in buying the review of the double verb sentences (including an explanation and some practice translations) it’s available here:


I am also offering a bundle of these two products at a discount, it’s available here.


I’m leaving this as a word document so that you can change it to suit your students’ needs, if this creates any problems for you when you download it, let me know and I will send you a pdf
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