The preterite tense is always a struggle. My students have done exceptionally well and actually like this HURRICANE method. Just like HURRICANES, I have divided the preterite into categories - building up to the most difficult. We work through
A fun way to add the culture component. I usually hand this out in February - and give them a 4-6 weeks to do this. We present them in class; usually 2 per day. The timing is nice, as kids are just a bit tired of the heavy grammar.