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Noticias and new product for articles

Noticias 23 de abril

For this week, I have published my newest set of articles!  These articles discuss:

  • the new president of Cuba
  • 5 Latino people who are listed in Times 100 most influential list
  • Eva Longoria earns a star in Hollywood
  • MasterChef travels to Peru for the finals
  • a festival to celebrate Intibucá

These articles are free, and you can download them below.  Also, I am including a few other ideas!  Did your students read about the Frida Barbie a few weeks ago?  Well now Mexico has forbidden the sale of these dolls within the country.  Check out the article here.  Also, this article has video clips of MasterChef UK in Peru.  Speaking of which, you can also check out the restaurant mentioned in the article here.

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For the past few weeks, I have been coming up with a list of pre-, during and post reading activities.  While some of the cultural aspects of the new articles were easy to include, some of the general reading activities were difficult to continue to reinvent.  Plus, it was EXHAUSTING!  So I have decided to come up with a new method.  I have listed ALL of my general ideas in this product on Teachers Pay Teachers.  There are over 50 ideas listed.  (Some are the same from previous editions, but there are many new ones.  Plus, I am sure I will update this product as I come up with new ideas.)  Then, I plan on sharing article specific ideas on my blog here (like above).  I will also include a word cloud each time here as well.  You can use your own ideas or ones from the product.

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I hope this will be more sustainable for me and useful for you as well!  Thank you as always for your support!

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Noticias 9 de abril

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Hope you are enjoying your weekend!  If you are looking for a way to start your week, I recommend las noticias!  I have included these articles on my blog for free for all of your students to read.  I have modified actual news articles from all over the Spanish speaking world that are comprehensible for levels 1 and 2.  They are also relevant for level 3 as well.  These articles include:

  • The awkward moment between Sofia and Letizia
  • Farruko’s arrest
  • Panama’s movie festival
  • Chilean restaurants in Spain and new Chilean cheeses
  • In Cuba, consumers can start to buy products online

Here are the news articles below:

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Many people want to have supplemental activities to use with these activities.  I have published 10 activities on TPT if you would like ideas of how to use these articles in class.  I have 3 pre reading activities, 3 during reading activities and 4 post reading activities.  They are on sale for $1.50 here.  Hope these activities enrich your classes!

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Brillante Viernes: March 23, 2018 and Noticias: March 26, 2018

Brillante Viernes March 23

Happy Friday (and happy almost spring break to most people and me!)  We ended up with a snow day on Wednesday which was a nice surprise.  My son literally yelled “FINALLY!” while walking in the snow.  I am posting my news early this week because next week, I am off to Disney World with my son and parents!  I am thrilled and also a bit scared of the crowds, but I know we will have fun. This week, you can find me over at Comprehensible Online talking about my favorite tech tools to provide input to students.  In the meantime, check out these posts:

Posts from the past two weeks:

Noticias 26 de marzo

For the news this week, I included:

  • The Peruvian President’s resignation
  • The first Starbucks store is opening in Uruguay
  • Mexican Pre-Columbian statues are returned from Germany
  • One school in Colombia is banning sugary drinks
  • The Davis Cup and the Uruguayan tennis player Pablo Cuevas

While I didn’t put together a packet due to my spring break, you may want to buy an old packet if you would like more activities to do with them.  While some of them are specific to the news articles, you can get ideas to apply to these articles.  I think these articles would lend to some good discussion about if students think that schools should be able to ban sugary drinks.  The article quoted that most students drink about 2 sodas a day.  It would be interesting to survey your classes and see if they match.  Also, you can look up or have students explore on their own Starbucks cafés in other countries.  Hope you enjoy them!

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Noticias summary: 12 de marzo

Noticias 12 marzo

I have my most updated news summaries from this past week.  This week, I included a few more, but they are shorter.  I really like this particular edition because it features a lot of people doing amazing things!  The summaries include:

  • A Dominican woman who makes art from trash
  • Coco’s wins at the Oscars
  • The teacher strike in Argentina and WV
  • Miss Bolivia speaks out for women’s rights
  • The first female soccer announcer in Spanish TV
  • The new Barbies and the dispute with the Kahlo foundation
  • Young people in Panama form a group to change education

These summaries are free and the PDF to download and print is below.

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I have also included activities to accompany these articles on my TPT store.  You can purchase the copy here.  These activities include 10 pre-, during and post reading activities.  While each week, some of them are directly tied to the news edition, I have also worked hard to find pre, post and during reading activities that can be applied to any reading.  The activities focus on both vocabulary and cultural aspects of the reading.  Hope these both will help you in the coming week!

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Noticias and new Flipgrid music topic

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Happy Sunday!  I have two new activities for you to use in class this week!  First, I have my most recent edition of news from last week.  This week I wrote about:

  • Spain’s fastest goal in soccer
  • Popular restaurants in Chile
  • Spanish fashion chain opens a new type of store
  • Emigrants returning to Cuba
  • Music/comedy festival in Chile

You can find the summaries below to print and distribute to your class.

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In addition, I have 13 pre, during and post reading activities in my Teachers Pay Teachers store if you would like to extend what you are doing with these articles.  There was a lot of great culture that I found I could include this week.

Finally, these articles discuss music and many Spanish teachers are doing March Madness for Music starting this week!  Whether or not you are planning to participate, many of us feature music in our classes.  I decided to create a new Flipgrid topic, so students can share their favorite songs from Spanish class!  I decided to stick with just one Flipgrid topic for both Spanish 1 and 2 since music is something that everyone likes to discuss.  My hope is that as students hear other students talk about their favorite songs, they will be inspired to listen to new music!  (Also, I am hoping to get some new ideas, too!)

I hope these ideas jump start your week!

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Noticias: 12 de febrero

noticias 12 de febrero

I hope you are enjoying your weekend!  I have published my newest edition of news for the Spanish-speaking world for the upcoming week.  These articles highlight:

  • Margot Duhelde, the first female pilot in Chile
  • Colombian boys fighting against machismo
  • Parks in Panama to explore during Carnaval
  • Ice tunnels in Argentina
  • Four Mexicans competing in the winter games

As always, these articles are free to use!  Due to the support of my recent 10 activities, I have included another 10 activities in my TPT store.  I really appreciate everyone who has bought my activities!  I found some more pre- and during reading activities that can be done.  You can also always use some of the activities from my previous pack.  Also, you can modify them to fit your class.  Find which ones you think would resonate with your students and would fit their level as well.  If you ever have an idea for an article, share it with me!  I would love to feature it!  You will find the articles below:

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Noticias: 29 de enero

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I have made the newest edition to my edition of news summaries for Monday.  They include:

  • Madrid Fashion Week
  • Four new frogs in Peru
  • A new superbattery developed in Mexico
  • Rolled ice cream food truck in Uruguay
  • Nicanor Parra, Chilean poet, dies

The edition of the news is here, and is still free! noticias 29 de enero (1)

I have had people ask for follow-up activities for the news or ideas of how I incorporate them in class.  I have come up with 10 activities that you can buy for $1.50 here at Teachers Pay Teachers!  While I want to mainly keep and make more free information here,  I am hoping to start to develop more resources for TPT.  (I have also included my journal topics for my level 1 class if you are interested!)  Let me know what you think!  If people find them valuable, I will continue to produce extra activities in addition to my news summaries.

As always, thank you for your support!

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Noticias: January 16, 2018

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Here is the edition of noticias for January 16, 2018.  In light of recent comments by our President about El Salvador and other countries, I highlighted a fashion designer from El Salvador.  While I want students to learn important and relevant news that is occurring in Spanish-speaking countries, that can at times be too negative.  My hope is that these news stories can highlight positive people, places to travel and events that are also occurring to shed a positive light on a variety of countries.  Many times, we can only confront our biases by seeing the opposite portrayed frequently.  I hope that we can continue to find ways in our classes to demonstrate the importance and beauty of people in Spain and Latin America.  In this edition, I have written about:

  • Where you should visit in Latin America according to National Geographic
  • The decision of La Corte Interamericana to recognize the rights of LGBTQ people
  • Venezuela closes its border with the island Curazao
  • Dakar Rally
  • Francesca Miranda, designer from El Salvador

You can find the articles here: Noticias 18 de enero

Some other links that you can use in class to explore some more of these topics:

  • Take a virtual visit to Jujuy and have students check out the menu here and stay at this hostel.  You can give students a budget and have them decide what to order on the menu.  Students can also convert the amount of money required to stay at the hotel to American dollars.
  • Follow along with the Dakar Rally to see who is currently winning!  The page also has beautiful videos that highlight the route and show students what is happening.
  • Check out the designs of Francesca Miranda on her Instagram page.  Have students discuss which outfit they prefer.

Share how you use the news in your class, and I will add it to the list as well!


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Post winter break plans

Post Winter Break Plans

Although most teachers don’t want to admit it, the end of winter break is approaching fast!  I have put together some plans that I have thought about to help you get started for your first day back to school:

  • My favorite activity is having students read their horoscopes!  I wrote an easy version of horoscopes from Walter Mercado.  They are best for around Spanish 1B and up.  Horoscopos_ 2018 (1) I also wrote up four quick questions that students can answer.  I like to ask comprehension questions in English, but you could change them to Spanish if you prefer.
  • As I wrote in my Ditch Summit reflections, I plan on having students brainstorm a little from their previous units.  I will have them divide a paper into four quadrants, and I will call out a topic.  For level 1, they can write down any vocabulary that they remember from that unit.  For levels 2 and 5, they can also add other facts that they remember.  Then students share what they remember.  I will repeat this activity four times and give students about a minute to have them write as much as they can remember.  This helps all students recall ideas, and I have found that many students participate who typically don’t raise their hand.  Another quick version of this is using an acronym that you can turn into a game.
  • I also put together some tweets that I found with the hashtag #proposito2018 from Twitter.  This can be done with level 1.  Students can decide if they have the same goal.  Then, they have the opportunity to write their own resolution.
  • I like to hear what happened in students’ lives, but I also try to be cognizant of the differing lifestyles of my students.  I try to come up with questions that all students can answer.  You can also put this with Socrative or PearDeck to make sure all students have a voice.  Some of my favorites are:
    • What was your favorite food that you ate?
    • What did you watch on Netflix or TV?
    • What was your favorite video game that you played?
    • Did you play any sports?  Did you watch any sports?
    • What was your favorite movie that you watched?
    • With whom did you spend time?
    • What was the longest time that you slept?  Or what was the latest time you woke up?
    • What did you wear?  (Our students wear uniforms.)
  • I studied El Gordo with my Spanish V students, so we will look at these pictures from this year’s results.  Here is also a video of some of the children singing the numbers of the lottery.  Also, this little girl singing mil euros was a big hit of El Gordo this year.
  • I have also thought about doing the 12 grapes in class to get started or having a little sparkling cider to start the year!  (Make sure if you get cider that you have a bottle opener, or you can run around the school asking everyone for a bottle opener like me!)

What is your favorite activity for after break?  Share below or on Facebook or Twitter, and I can add it to this list!

Edited to add:  Thanks to everyone who has shared this post and added ideas!

  • Sarah Wisenhunt mentioned that she will do “snacks and stickers” to reinforce proficiency levels.  She will give students an authentic snack such as Gansitos or stickers and then students have to describe the snack or sticker based on their proficiency level in English.  I love this idea to reinforce the proficiency levels and making it much more interactive than my normal presentation!
  • Kristel Rabideau mentioned using mini marshmallows instead of grapes to recreate doce uvas.  Depending on your number of students, this may be much more cost effective.
  • Simone Skierritt also added that she has students write letters to the Three Kings, and they all bring small items in to exchange such as gum or sweets.  This would be perfect, and it takes the pressure off the teacher to provide something.
  • Also, check out Allison’s post on what she is planning on her first few days back.
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Noticias: 18 de diciembre

Noticias 18 de diciembre

Here is the latest edition of my newsletter for your classes!  Thank you to Joseph Persico for helping me to edit this newsletter!  It is hard to continually look at the same document for an extended period of time, so I appreciate the extra eyes!  This edition has articles about:

  • The Central American Juegos Deportivos
  • Ecuador’s Vice President is sentenced to prison
  • Mexico is planning to send robots to the moon
  • Rural trips to take over the New Year in Peru
  • #21DíasDeDarFelicidad

Luckily, I found a lot of websites to extend a few of the articles.  You can check out the final medal tally of los Juegos Deportivos Centroamericanos here.  You can have your students find a variety of new sports that they would like to play or have played.  The news section of the website has a variety of sports listed as well.  This would also be great to highlight if you have a student who plays a sport that isn’t mentioned frequently.  Also, if you want to check out more of the tourism website from Peru, is it here.  You can assign students to learn about one trip from the list and try to sell it to the rest of the class.  Make sure students convert the price to your currency, so they can also learn more about Peruvian currency.  Finally, if you want to learn about more of the #21DíasDeDarFelicidad, the newspaper is here.  (You could probably make a whole reading section just about this!  If you do, let me know, and I will include it on the blog!)  Hope some of these ideas help you through the next few days!

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