I love using novelas in the Spanish classroom! They're chock full of culture, use vocabulary in context, and are an authentic part of life in the Spanish speaking world. Because they're also engaging, my students are always excited for novela Friday to roll around.
This guide can be used for watching episodes 2-7 of the popular comedic novela, "La fea más bella" (the Mexican version of Ugly Betty), which is easily accessible on YouTube, Hulu, or DVD. (You can find episode 1 and see a single viewing guide here: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Viewing-Guide-La-fea-mas-bella-1677335)
The viewing guide is fully bilingual, so it can be used with a variety of levels and asks students to perform a variety of tasks as they watch. Each episode guide also contains a post-viewing section where students will summarize and make predictions about the novela. The guide also includes a list of character names with a short description of their role to allow students to identify them as they appear.
I have tried as hard as possible to make these activities fairly generic so that you can use one guide to watch an entire episode on Hulu or the DVD (these are not the same length across formats) or to focus on part of an episode. This way I can use the same episodes with various sections of the same class without having to worry about starting and stopping at the exact same time with each group. The open ended nature of the activities is also helpful if you have groups of mixed Spanish learners and Heritage speakers (I usually remove the English language option for these students).
The documents are also editable so that you can mix and match the various activities from episode to episode to fit the topics and/or vocabulary that your students are focusing on.
The main grammatical points covered in these activities are:
* adjectives and adjective agreement
* the irregular verb ser
* regular present tense verbs
I have used these guides to cover one of the DVD episodes over a series of class periods, as well as to cover whatever part of an episode we were able to view in the classroom on a particular day.
It's also a great jumping off point for some communicative activities (rotating interviews, human bingo, etc.) to reuse some of the concepts they'll study in the guide.