R.I.P. Summer Vacation
Summer has finally come to an end. The agenda-less days of sun-bathing and endless Netflix binge-watching are now in the rearview mirror. We now look forward the long and winding road that leads us through the peaks and valleys of the new school year. What if we take a trip down memory lane? What if we could go back to the picture perfect day that might have defined our summer? That is exactly what this activity allows students to do.
I planned this R.I.P. Summer activity for the first or second day of class (we start next week). To see other activities for the first couple of weeks of class, or just a few good “I want to know you activities” click here for Spanish levels 1and 2. Click here if you want something more engaging for your upper level students.
La Maquina de Tiempo activity invites students to describe their picture perfect summer day. This activity is an alternative to “Write about what you did this summer” a writing prompt, I used every year to get to know my students. My goal with this activity is for students to:
- Write about a pleasant memory.
- Write in the present tense to ease the affective filter in the first couple of days.
- Delve into creative writing (maybe stretch, but let’s see).
Instead of writing in the past tense, which many students my struggle with the first few days back in school, they travel back to their most perfect day of summer and write as if they were there. The prompt helps students structure the memory by asking them questions such as:
- Qué día es
- Con quién estás
- Cómo es el clima o el tiempo
- Qué llevas o qué tienes puestos
- Dónde estás y qué haces
- Qué hueles
- Qué ves
- Por qué es el día perfecto
Role play idea: I was also thinking of having students present in pairs in front of the class and practice spontaneous speaking. One student would act as the psychologist and “hypnotize” the other. While the other students is “under” he/she will take the patient on the journey to remember the perfect day. They would ask the questions in the prompt and/or more questions.
I shared this activity on a previous post, but it comprises my collection of spice-it-up writing prompts. There was so much that happened over summer from celebrity break-ups, to Mega Stars passing away, I always like to give students chance to chime in on celebrity gossip.
My students loved this last year. It really set the class afire and they could not stop talking. This activity could be done as a writing activity or speaking. You could turn it into a mini reading activity by find some pieces of celebrity gossip such as this Hola site.
|See Elaineinthemiddleblog for original idea|
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¿Cuál es tu palabra favorita del Español?
This is one of my favorite videos. It unites many different Spanish speakers across the continents and professions. They share about their favorite word. I am going to have students share out their favorite word( they can think of it in English and translate it to Spanish). I learn a lot about students from the words they choose. Then they will place their word on the word call in the class. Here is how I will engage them in the video:
- Watch the video and just listen.
- Take notes on 3 complex words that they hear.
- Think about their favorite word and write it in Spanish and then place it on our word wall.
Spanish plans has this great Facebook Template for gathering information about people. Have students choose one of the speakers and:
- Create a Facebook, Instragram or Tweets
- Mini biography
- Share out in groups of 4.
1. Boris Izaguirre
2. Alicia Alonso
4. Valentín Fuster
6. Mara Torres
7. Justo Bolekia
8. AnaMaría Matute
10. Margarita Salas
11. Mario Vargas Llosa
12. Emilo Botín
13. Juame Plensa
14. Rosario Flores
15. Antonio Gamoneda
16. Julián López
17. Ricardo Darín
18. Elena Ochoa
19. Isidre Fainé
20. Diego Forlán
21. Gael Garcia Bernal
23. Eugenia Silva
24. Luis Rojas Marcos
25. Juan Luis Guerra
26. Pedro Piqueras
27. Isabel Allende
28. Antonio Banderas
29. María Dolores Pradera
30. Vicente Del Bosque
32. Pau Gasol
I stumbled upon this resource and it seems to be a perfect match for my first unit of the year.