The Comprehensible Classroom by Martina Bex
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This 18 page bundle includes multiple versions of four activities that can be left as sub plans or used as independent work, including two readings, one authentic resource, and one writing. The two readings have versions appropriate for Spanish I or
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This zip folder contains PDF, Pages, and Word versions of lesson plans to teach El Día de los Muertos to novice/intermediate Spanish students. There are enough plans for 3-4 days of lessons, depending on the length of your class periods. The plans
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This 80-page/slide, Spanish-language lesson plan bundle is designed for Spanish 1 students and beyond to learn about the history and traditions of Cinco de Mayo in Mexico and the US. There are enough activities for 4-5 class days. The bundle
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This file includes three sub plans for Spanish classes that do not require the substitute to speak Spanish. Each plan consists of a story in Spanish (originally written by one of my students) in a six-frame storyboard, five comprehension questions,
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This is an embedded reading meant to be used in the first week or two of Spanish 1. It includes the structures cómo te llamas, me llamo, se llama, muchacho/muchacha, and dice, as well as a lot of cognates. It contains three versions: 1) A
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Teach your students about the tradition of the quinceañera using a three-level embedded reading on the subject. The third reading features two versions, one of which requires students to choose between the correct form of 'ser' or 'estar' for each
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This six-day lesson plan is designed to introduce -AR preterite verb conjugation patterns to your students. The specific target structures for the story are 'vio que había', 'se acercó a', and 'se lo llevó'. The plans include -a story script with
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This product contains two-page fill-in notes for -AR verb conjugations in the present indicative with an accompanying reading and follow-up activities for targeted practice. Fill-in guides, answer keys, and lesson plans are included.
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This reading is the perfect worksheet to use in class or for homework during the first week of school for Spanish 1 or 2 (there are two versions). Spanish 1 version: The only vocabulary kids need to know is Éste/Ésta es, un muchacho/una muchacha,
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This file contains plans for a three-day study and celebration of Mexican Independence Day (it could be less if you do not do all of the activities). It features a Spanish language reading about the history and modern-day celebration of El Grito
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These notes introduce students to the preterit tense and provide a verb chart, practice, and reading with follow-up activities for -AR verbs only (this set of notes does not introduce -ER and -IR verbs).
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These guided notes introduce students to preterite endings for -ER and -IR regular verbs with fill-in-the-blank notes and guided activities that increase in complexity, beginning with Spanish-English translation and ending with a perspective change
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This download is a reading activity for first-year Spanish students that was originally designed as a reading comprehension assessment, but you could certainly use it in class as a cultural reading that is not assessed. The first reading is about
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This lesson plan bundle will introduce your students to the major components of Semana Santa. The language is designed to be comprehensible for late-Spanish I/Spanish II students, but it can obviously be used in any level beyond that. The bundle
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This product includes instructions and forms for a scaffolded writing activity in which students write for 1 minute, 3 minutes, and finally 10 minutes, each time copying what they wrote in the previous time segment before adding to it. The product
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These guided notes will help your students understand Spanish regular -ER verb conjugation patterns in the present indicative. All activities in the guide include common -ER verbs and are designed to give students varied practice interpreting and
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This file contains a 1 to 2 day lesson plan that introduces students to the structure "me gusta/n __". It includes: -instructions for introducing the structures to students -a three-level embedded reading that targets the structures 'me gusta/n__'
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These notes contain a one-page guided note worksheet, a Spanish-language reading with comprehension questions and an activity that targets the subject pronouns that it contains, a slideshow with 15 contextualized practice sentences and personalized
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Teach your students the irregular stems and endings for tener, estar, decir, caber, hacer, andar, traer, saber, poner, poder, querer, and venir. This bundle includes -2-page guided notes -an English-Spanish translation activity -a contextualized
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This file contains readings and follow-up activities about several Christmas-season traditions in Spanish-speaking countries that would be appropriate for some Spanish 1 classes and definitely Spanish 2 and above: La Pastorela -reading and
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I taught Spanish at a University for two years before switching to a public middle school, where I taught full-time for four years before taking a part time teaching job following the birth of my second child. I now stay home full-time with my four children and moonlight as a teacher trainer and curriculum consultant until my kids are in school and I can return to the classroom. I travel nationally and internationally, training teachers in comprehensible input strategies. For a list of workshops that I offer, please click here.

MY TEACHING STYLE

I teach using TPRS®/Comprehensible Input because SLA theory and research support it and I can personally attest to its efficacy! I incorporate Cooperative Learning and limited Grammar Instruction. My passion is writing lesson plans that (1) teach culture to students in without departing from the target language, even to Novice language learners, and (2) support common core standards through the use of non-fiction, classic literature, and critical thinking and questioning.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

Outstanding Student Teacher of World Language (2002) "QAR Strategies for Differentiating Questions" presentation selected as Best of AFLA/Best of PNCFL (2015) President, Alaskans for Language Acquisition (2016)

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

Nazareth College of Rochester; Bachelor's Degree in Spanish; Adolescent Education 7-12 Certification Program Completed. Syracuse University; Masters Degree in Spanish Language, Literature, and Culture; Certificate in Latin American and Caribbean Studies

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

My experience abroad includes a semester in Valencia, Spain, a summer missions internship in Oaxaca, Mexico, and church mission trips to Ensenada, Mexico and the surrounding villages.

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