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I was reading through some of my favorite blogs and discovered that On October 2 there was a GIANT squid that was discovered on a beach in Spain! (Um…cool!)

What a fun random thing to talk about in class! This gave me the perfect opportunity create materials from an Authentic Resource to incorporate in my classes.

After the students read, discussed, and answered questions about the “Monster” in Spain we used THIS MONSTER-Y MOVIE to further our discussion. Together we wrote a narrative to go with this movie. It allowed us to practice reflexive verbs and prepositions. The students were very engaged in this. One thing I LOOOOOVE about Movie Talks- student’s forget that they are learning and not speaking English. Oh so Fabulous!



Mexico Independence Day is on Monday and I’m ready!

The past few years I’ve been teaching Spanish 1. Traditionally we’ve discussed Mexico Independence day through a Prezi, and some youtube videos.

However, Now that I’m also teaching Spanish 2 again, I’m trying to make new materials with higher expectations. I wrote this newspaper article (in Spanish of course!) about the events which led to Spain’s control over the indigenous people. It discusses key figures such as Hernan Cortes, Father Hidalgo, and Napolean. It also covers how Mexico Independence day is celebrated today.

I am thinking that I’ll make a parallel story to introduce this. Perhaps I’ll give the kids a scenario (they’re living under the Control of …Madonna, and she’s imposing all these rules that they don’t like (must eat broccoli three times a day, must work for free, …(whatever the kids come up with)) they are sick and tired of it what do they do……

Then transition into how this happened in Mexico.

Wow….this blog writing is a great way to brain storm lesson plans!

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What are you doing to discuss Mexico’s Independence Day with your students?