This story was written for beginning Spanish students to practice common Spanish 1 vocabulary words and verbs. In ten years of teaching, I have found that students of all ages love comic book characters. When I taught middle and high school, my students frequently talked about superhero movies and television shows like Smallville and Arrow. Many of my elementary students watch The Flash and love characters like Iron Man, Spiderman, and Batman.
Carlos del Monte is 14 years old. He is short, athletic, intelligent and has dark hair. He likes to play soccer and spend time with his friends. Everyone thinks he is a normal boy, but Carlos has a secret. He is a superhero named Súper Rayo! He is strong and fast. He can fly and shoot lightning bolts from his hands. Súper Rayo has a problem: a villain named Súper Tormenta wants to destroy the city with a tornado! Can he stop Súper Tormenta?
I teach this story with TPRS®, a method developed by Blaine Ray.
This story provides input that is comprehensible, engaging, and carefully structured to include lots of repetition. I have been using TPRS® in my classes since 2007 and have found it to be a highly successful method for learning languages. I have used TPRS® with preschool through adult classes and have found that learners of all ages are captivated by stories.
For many years, I was the only teacher using TPRS® in a department that followed a traditional textbook. Because I believed very strongly in TPRS®, I learned to create stories that were compelling for students AND incorporated the vocabulary and grammar I was required to teach. This story introduces three concepts that are in virtually every Spanish 1 textbook:
1) Adjectives that describe people: bajo(a), moreno(a), rubio(a), fuerte, inteligente, atlético(a), rápido(a), normal.
2) Three stem-changing verbs (volar, poder, and pensar)
3) A verb with a y change (destruir). Note: This verb only appears in the infinitive form in the story. I give suggestions in the Teacher's Guide for using the story as a launch pad to practice destruir in different conjugated forms.
This bundle includes the following:
• Súper Rayo - picture story
• Story cards (without text) for students to retell the story in Spanish
• A student version in black and white
• ¿Cuál es tu nombre de superhéroe? - A chart that helps students find their superhero name in Spanish based on the first letter of their first name and the first letter of their last name. I provide several suggestions for activities based on their superhero name.
• Five worksheets with a full answer key.
• A five-page teacher's guide with suggestions for teaching the story.
When I am reading the story to the whole class, I project it on the board from my computer (many PDF viewing programs have the option to view PDF files as full page or as a slideshow). I also print out several copies, laminate them, and keep them as part of our classroom library. If students finish their work early, they can go to the library and check out a book. I also incorporate regular reading time in our class periods so all students can review the stories we have already learned.
NOTE: This story is sold in PDF format. I have received some requests to put these stories in PowerPoint format. However, many of the artists who create educational clipart specify that the clipart must be locked down in a PDF file, as this secures the file images. Some PDF viewing programs have the option to "view as slideshow", which looks very similar to a PowerPoint presentation. Other programs have the option to view as full screen or full page. This is how I use the PDF files in my class.