Ok- I will admit, I totally went with a click bait title there! But it is true!
As I have admitted to before, organization is not strong suit. I have started to become better about it, but it still falls to the bottom of my list. Organized me would print off copies of my news articles from the past year and then store them in a binder for later students to read later or the following year in my FVR library. But, as I have discussed with my husband, I cannot compare myself to a version of me that doesn’t exist.
So instead, I stick all of my news articles from the past year into one huge PDF. Then I can hit print once, and I am set! I figured it this helped me- it could help you too! This way, you can print them all in case you missed some. You can then put them all in a binder in one fell swoop for Free Voluntary Reading. You could also print off a few copies if you are just starting your library.
If you are looking for more Spanish stories to add to your FVR collection, I recommend looking at Viviana’s post with a HUGE list of stories.
Another perfect place to start printing articles is the Revista Literal. This magazine has tons of articles written each month by Spanish students. It is extremely engaging, and students are able to understand it easily.
In addition, Mike Peto is the one who introduced me (and convinced me) to FVR. You can check out his map to transitioning to FVR.
Finally, if you like these articles and would like new articles for 2018-2019, I am pairing up with Martina Bex to write a newsletter for next year. We have already started brainstorming some of them, and I am so excited for them!
I have put together another edition of las noticias for this week! Many people helped me edit it! Thank you Diego, Bethanie, Monica and Alejandra! This edition includes:
- The airplane crash in Cuba
- The newest telenovelas for Univisión
- Real Madrid’s basketball team is in the finals
- The Dominican dance group in the dance parade in NYC
- Celebration of el chivito in Uruguay
21 de mayo
If you would like to use these pre-reading activities in my activities, I have included it here:
To follow up with some of the other news, you can:
- Look up the final results of the basketball game!
- Watch some videos of Andulleros on their Facebook page. (Including a live video of the parade today.)
- You can look at the characters in the new series LIKE.
I am joining up my two passion side projects here today! First, I have the newest edition of news for the Spanish classroom for free:
- Venezuela minimum salary rises (along with grocery prices)
- Teacher protests in Puerto Rico
- The San Diego Padres consider being a Mexican team
- The International Theater Festival in La Paz
- A marine rescue center in Uruguay
7 de mayo
Below is a word cloud for the news if you would like to use it as a pre-reading activity. If you would like more ideas, I have a packet of 50 ideas that you can use to supplement any news article in Spanish. Also, I found the Rescate de la Fauna Marina website to use to show pictures of the last article.
Also, as your classes are winding down, have your level 1 students connect with mine by commenting on our Flipgrid! Have your students discuss their favorite parts of summer. Level 2 students can join in and discuss their favorite day of the school year. They can also watch previous Flipgrid videos that they made and reflect on them.
Hope you can jump on and collaborate with us!
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.
23 de abril
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.
I hope this will be more sustainable for me and useful for you as well! Thank you as always for your support!
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:
noticias 9 de abril
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!
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:
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!
26 de 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.
Noticias_ 12 de marzo
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!
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.
26 de febrero (1)
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!
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:
Noticias 12 de febrero
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!