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Span 2+Tech/Social Media Bundle: 40+ Activities, Short stories, Writing, Authres

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    La cita inolvidable- Short funny story about online dating!


    Upgrade or supplement your technology unit with these 40+ thoroughly engaging differentiated activities. The 40+ activities in this bundles feature a core set of vocabulary words such as: subir, descargar, contraseña, hacer clic, and more, and then recycles them through several readings and short stories. The short article-like readings center on the cell phone use at school and explore, THROUGH DEBATES, arguments on both sides.

    New Feature: Movie Talk/The video activity: Antes de colgar tu imagen en la web- warns students about the dangers of posting pictures on the web. The short story "No pasa nada" is a cautionary extension of the video and highlights the need to use SOUND judgment when using social media (see below for full explanation)- 6 activities

    The list of activities include:

    Social media and technology use in school. This section includes (6 activities)

    1, a Vocabulary list with words associated with technology list

    2. Frontloading activity to practice vocabulary

    3. Vocabulary and definitions

    4. Inventory style questions of social media use recycling vocabulary from page

    5. PPT with tech vocabulary

    6. Matamoscas Activity with related vocabulary

    Reading texts and activities

    Students love to talk about about Social Media, why not give them a change to engage in this topic in the target language? The activities in this bundle can be used both within the unit as well as independently. In addition to the informational texts, debates, and IMAGINING a world without mobile devices, there are:

    • Short, comprehensible, engaging stories that recycle vocabulary and themes
    • A thoroughly engaging PSA that drives the topic home!

    These activities can provide:

    • Additional input around the topic of technology
    • Be used part of a FVR reading program #informational texts
    • Act as end of the unit assessments

    Resource Contents (14 activities):

    7. Introduction to article: two girls are doing a report on cell phone usage at school. They talk to several students.

    8. Short writing activity about the introduction.

    Two students have opposing views on the topic. Each text is approximately 2 pages.

    9. Text: Mi teléfono móvil es lo todo para mí (Short reading about a boy who uses his phone for both school and personal life. He argues that phones should be allowed in school)- Eduardo

    10. Text: El uso del celular me destruyó la vida (Short reading about a girl who relates an experience of who the use of cell phones in school, destroyed her social life)- Nancy.

    11. Comprehension questions for both of the articles.

    12. Extension activity: Nancy y Eduardo Hablan- students write a dialogue between the Nancy and Educado, coming to an agreement about cellphone usage in the school.

    13-15: Claro- Tech Giant in Latin America (Short article, list of plans and visual comprehension questions).

    16. Describe your cell phone writing activity

    17. El fin del mundo: Life without a cellphone (writing)

    18. El Debate- this text is shorter, one paragraph representing other students and their feelings toward the issue.

    19. Students read the debates and write down the stronger points (to debate themselves)

    20. Tweets: A list of tweets on the subject.

    Short Story #1 (This can be used with the Movie Talk)- 4 Activities


    "La foto" is a short story inspired by the Spanish PSA "Antes de poner tu imagen en la web." See Movie Talk Bundle Attached.

    Resources included:

    21. Short Story: La foto

    22.Comprehension Questions

    23. Fill-in-the-blank vocabulary from the story

    24.Comic strip: Retell and write/draw alternative ending to the story

    PSA Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n_q-HJQe4rM&t=1s (From Spain)



    Two teenage girls discover a picture (no pictures are shown, just reactions to the picture) of a friend online. The make a stark revelation about the picture and realize that they too may have been tricked into sending pictures of themselves (swimsuit pictures for a fake modeling agency) online.

    With 600 total words and only 64 new words (non cognates such as "padre, madre, dijo, miró, estaba, etc,"). This story is comprehensible and highly relevant to our teen culture today. Many teens, especially girls (although boys as well) are bombarded with requests for pictures. This story, with a dramatic ending (parents play a powerful role in helping their children), will engage students with the vocabulary and themes associated with SOCIAL MEDIA.

    Movie Talk PSA

    Antes de poner la imagen en la web/ Movie Talk VIDEO ACTIVITIES- Antes de poner su imagen en la web

    25. Questions for Circling Activity with Video: Restaurant

    26. Post-viewing comprehension activity

    27. Roll-a-video activity: Group students in pairs or groups of three. Give each group die. They will roll the die and then respond to the number on which it lands. The student will then respond to the questions. There are three to four questions per tier. For example, if a student rolls the die and it lands on question number one, that student has to answer one of the questions from that tier. See the picture to the right.

    28. Post-viewing comprehension questions. These questions feature an assortment of lower to higher level thinking questions.

    29. Preguntas personales: this activity includes PQA type questions to invite students to think about the message of the video and their own lives.

    30. A escribir: Students take on one of the perspectives of the “players” in the video and rewrite what occurred from their perspective.

    Short Story #2

    No pasa Nada (Additional story about the dangers of "picture sharing").


    31. Short story: No pasa nada (this story has school appropriate illustrations)

    32. PQA on cellphone usage

    33. Post comprehension questions (Chapter 1)

    34. Post comprehension questions (Chapter 2)

    35.A escribir: writing activity

    36. Final Thoughts Activity- students write in the final thoughts of the characters. This activity features the three main characters and talking bubbles.

    37. Mini-PSA activity- students write 5 ways to stay safe on the Internet.

    Short Story #3


    This resource included:

    38. Story "Mi abuelita tiene un móvil inteligente"

    39. Four sets of chapter questions- there are 4 chapters

    40. Technology Vocabulary list with information gap activity

    41. Pre-reading questions and writing activity


    "Caray, mi abuelita tiene un móvil inteligente" is a short story for Spanish 2+ (although, I used this at the end of Spanish 1), about a young girl who gets her grandmother a phone. The story is set in the grandmother's home, on the day of her birthday. Many family members come to visit as the grandmother makes "arroz, plátano, y flan (cultural foods and family vocabulary)." Sara, the granddaughter walks her grandmother through how to use a Smartphone (technology vocabulary, commands), when she discovers that her grandmother has a few secrets, and she wants to go on a dating site! The story is told in the past tense, which an emphasis on preterite and imperfect. See the full synopsis below!

    This story features illustrations, one ad (grandmother's dating website, and profile of grandmother).

    This short story can be read individually as part of Free Voluntary Reading (FVR booklet included) or as a class. I used this story as part of my technology unit. It includes many relevant terms that students used today to interact with technology such as "descargar una aplicación”, “subir una foto al Instagram”, “chatear con los amigos”, etc. Many of the words are naturally embedded into the context of the story and repeated.

    Topics: Technology, Family Relationships, Online activities, Love

    Grammar: Preterite, Imperfect, Affirmative Commands

    Synopsis: Sara enjoys hanging out with her crazy "Primos" and “Tíos" at their weekly “Reunión” at "La casa de abuela.” From listening to her crazy aunt's tales about the adventures of internet dating to her grandmother's funny jokes (comprehensible & appropriate), she wouldn't want to be anywhere else on Sunday. However, this Sunday is super special because it is her grandmother's birthday, and Sara has just made her day by buying her a smartphone. While Sara teaches her “abuelita” how to use the smartphone, her grandmother discovers some “creative uses” for her new smartphone. Abuela Irma realizes even at 75 years old, her best years are ahead of her!


    La obsesión digital will have something for everyone! Nuria and her family are utterly dependent on technology. Her parents, once a tranquil and loving couple, struggle to balance the demands of their jobs while spending valuable time with their kids. The effects are obvious: Nuria's brother is far deep into the world of virtual technology, and Nuria is addicted to social media.

    However, when her grandma’s comes to visit, the family experiences an expected shake up; and their secrets are slowly revealed. Grandma has a plan for the family (plus, they cannot resist her cooking). Before they "accept" the terms and conditions of this new approach to life, they will have to "unplug" from their social media, put their devices in "airplane" mode, while pushing past their addictions to be a family. Can they do it? Can you?

    Level 2 (Intermediate-low+)


    Present Tense/Preterit

    Reflexive verbs

    Unique Words: 144 (non-cognates, words such as madre, padre, despertarse, etc)


    Social Media


    Family Relationships/Parents

    Romantic Relationships

    Honoring Grandparents


    1. Short Story: La obsesión digital (18 pages)

    Engaging Pictures!

    Total Pages
    70 pages
    Answer Key
    Not Included
    Teaching Duration
    1 Week
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