This is a very simple story for beginning Spanish students. I wrote it for students in their first 4-6 weeks of studying the language, so it is more basic than many of my other stories. Before purchasing, check the preview file and the vocabulary list (see below) to make sure this story fits your needs.
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 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: guapo(a), inteligente, fuerte, atlético(a), amable, and chévere.
2) One of the uses of por (with the verb votar). I gradually teach the uses of por and para throughout the course of the school year, always in the context of stories. For each por vs. para story, I hang up a poster that shows the use of por or para we have just practiced. By the end of the year, the students have been exposed to the differences between por and para over and over and over, both in the context of stories and by seeing the posters in class each day.
3) An informal AR command: vota. While teaching this story to beginning students, I do something called "pop up grammar". I briefly switch into English, tell students that the word "vota" is a command, and write "vota = vote (command)" on the board. I point to this note on the board whenever I say "¡vota por mí!"
This bundle comes with the following resources:
• ¡Vota por mí! - picture story
• Story cards (without text) for students to retell the story in Spanish
• Student version in black-and-white
• Two candidate posters that say ¡Vota por mí!
• Six adjective posters
• Two double-sided worksheets (four pages total) with a full answer key
• Suggestions for the teacher
When I am reading the story to the whole class, I project it on a Promethean 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.
el presidente de la clase
vas a votar
va a votar
va a ser
vamos a tener
¡Vota por mí!