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Ancient Rome

28 Marzo 2014 by · No Comments · Uncategorized

As I admire the work our students did on the final assessment for our thematic unit on Ancient Rome, I am reflecting on the work we did in this unit. We began by viewing two videos (video 1  and video 2) that introduced us to language for talking about a lot of the typical things we think of when we think of Ancient Rome. Students used their devices to listen to the audio and complete a guided listening activity.

We read and discussed extensively an article on the origins of the names of the days and months. This article helped us better understand the connection between Latin and Spanish and why understanding Roman culture is still relevant today.

We sang a fun song (from the variety show Un, Dos Tres) about the gods and goddesses of Olympus and a Colombian vallenata on the theme of the gladiator. We also read stories from history and mythology (Cleopatra y el imperio romano, Cupido and Psique, Espartaco y la rebelión de los esclavos, Plutón y Proserpina, to name a few) that helped us to understand the use of singular and plural verbs in Spanish.

Finally we focused on the myth of the founding of Rome, and we read a graphic short story based on the myth in class. Students used their knowledge of Spanish to narrate the story based on pictures from the short story.

Then, in their final assessment, students wrote a two-paragraph summary of the work we have done and the language and ideas we have absorbed in this unit. Their work is often impressive for its uniqueness and creative use of the language, and I hope parents and others will take a look at their blogs in the coming week to view the results. Students will be posting their edited work on the TAREA page of their blog. See below under CLASS BLOGS. Student work, except in a few cases, will be published by Friday, April 4.

image courtesy of http://www.amazon.com/Mitologia-Romana-Roman-Mythology-Historietas/dp/1435833341/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1396024705&sr=1-1&keywords=Romulo+y+Remo

Links for more practice

6 Febrero 2014 by · No Comments · Uncategorized

This week one of our objectives is learning to tell time. For a review on how to tell time in Spanish or for more practice, try the StudySpanish page.

Also, if you really loved this week’s song, you can hear it and, yes, watch the video on Youtube at La escuela.

Image courtesy of http://psjpastoral.blogspot.com/2013/09/plegaria-al-comenzar-de-nuevo.html

Assignments for Friday, January 31

30 Enero 2014 by · No Comments · Uncategorized


1. I hope you had two safe, relaxing, and fun snow days!

2. Due to the fact that we were out most of this week and many of you may not have had access to a computer, the journal assignment (MI DIARIO) is still due today (Friday, January 31), but since we only had one day in class to discuss the reflection assignment (MIS EXPERIENCIAS), it will not be graded until the following Friday.

3. If you have zeros on any blog work you MUST email me to let me know when you complete it, or I will not know that I need to look for it. My email is [email protected]


Today in class you should complete at least assignments 1 and 2, which will be graded beginning Friday night. You should then begin assignment 3, keeping in mind that it will be graded Friday, February 7.

1. Finish your blog page MI DIARIO using the journal sheet I gave you in class. I will begin grading these tonight. If you completed these on paper, please turn your folder in to Mrs. Workman today.

2. Next complete all parts of the assignment on LEARNING STYLES by clicking on the link here or on the tab at the top of this page.

3. Finally, get started on your own personal experience with Spanish by visiting the following pages:

Sus Experiencias

Reflections Template

Sample Reflection

You need to reflect on ONE experience outside the classroom using the Reflections Template by next Friday, February 7.


Una semana divertida

24 Enero 2014 by · No Comments · Uncategorized

Esta semana en la clase de español nosotros escribimos en nuestros diarios. Algunos estudiantes escriben en su blog, y otros escriben en una hoja de papel.

Nosotros practicamos el uso de los artículos definidos e indefinidos. También aprendimos unos verbos nuevos para el cuento de la semana que viene.

Esta semana nosotros cantamos la canción del alfabeto. Nosotros aprendimos a decir las letras en español, y en parejas jugamos “Hangman” en español para practicar.

¡Qué divertido!


Image courtesy of http://www.el-abecedario.com/abecedario-espanol

Links for more practice

23 Enero 2014 by · No Comments · Uncategorized

In case you want to practice more with the Spanish we’ve been learning, here are a few useful links:

You can find the listening activities from Thursday’s bell work (January 23) at Dos Mundos 7 (Click on the activities with the same name as those listed on the handout.)

You can listen to the song of the week and practice the letters of the Spanish alphabet at La canción del alfabeto.

Lost your password?

17 Enero 2014 by · No Comments · Uncategorized

Un mensaje para los alumnos en las clases de español:

In case you forget your password for your own blog, here is a link to the EDUBLOGS HELP page that can provide assistance:

How to change a student’s password or email address

Student Blogs!

14 Enero 2014 by · No Comments · Uncategorized

I am so excited about our student blog project that we have begun this semester! Blogging is all about communicating our ideas to others. What a great way to practice communicating in Spanish!

Students have just started creating their blogs, and some are still a work-in-progress. But I hope you will check in frequently to see how their blog-building skills are growing and how they are learning to communicate using Spanish language. Parents, ask your Spanish student their Spanish name, and click on their blog on the right under CLASS BLOGS.


Nuestra primera semana

10 Enero 2014 by · No Comments · Uncategorized

Esta semana la clase de español fue DIVERTIDA.

Nosotros cantamos una canción.

Nosotros leímos un libro.

Nosotros aprendimos los días, los meses y las estaciones.

Nosotros señalamos unos objetos en el salón de clase.

Nosotros caminamos, corrimos, saltamos, y bailamos…y ¡aprendimos muchos otros verbos!

¡Nosotros aún buscamos los animales monstruosos creados por un científico loco!


Nuestro primer día

2 Enero 2014 by · 53 Comments · Uncategorized

Dear students,

It’s our first day together in Spanish class, and I am so excited about watching (and listening to) you grow into emergent bilinguals. As I looked over your names this week in preparation for our classes, I couldn’t help but wonder who you are. What are your goals? And why are you here with me studying a foreign language? What do you want to know or be able to do that made you choose this class? What are your expectations for this class?

So I decided it would be nice if you would share some things about yourself as a comment to this post. It’s your first assignment. Just write 3 to 5 sentences (in English) about yourself that answer the questions above, and be sure to write only information you don’t mind sharing with everyone.

Here’s a little information about me:

I love learning languages, and I especially love to learn about the products, practices, and perspectives of different cultures. I think stories are really powerful learning tools on lots of different levels, so I use them a lot in my teaching. I hope you will hear and read lots of them (in Spanish for my class, and in any other language at other times.) In fact, I have a lot of hopes for my students. In this class I hope you will learn to understand and communicate using novice-level Spanish language. I hope you will find at least a few ideas and questions that we explore intriguing or inspiring. I hope you will need to wrestle sometimes with the material in order to reach understanding, because out of that struggle comes not only delight in our discoveries but also deep understanding of the content. I hope you will feel challenged but safe in my classes, and I hope we will all have fun while learning and creating here.

Now it’s your turn. Leave your comment below. Instead of using your full name, use your first name followed by the number of the class period when you have Spanish. (example: Mary2 would be Mary in 2nd block)

6 de diciembre 2013

6 Diciembre 2013 by · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

While imprisoned for his opposition to the Apartheid system of racial segregation in South Africa, Nelson Mandela treated his prison guards as equals, becoming a friend to one man in particular, who helped him to learn Afrikaans, the language of the ruling class. After 27 years in prison, Nelson Mandela was released. He gave many of his political speeches following his release in Afrikaans, which helped to ease tensions over the coming shift from Apartheid to democracy. Mandela later explained,

“If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his  own language, that goes to his heart”


Thank you, Nelson Mandela.