In the beginning of the year, we will review grammatical concepts and vocabulary from Spanish I. It is a lot of information, but it really helps the students because it has been a while since they've seen Spanish. This review will last around three weeks, and there will be a test at the end of the chapter.
Spanish II will continue to develop students' skills in vocabulary, grammar, and various cultural traditions and holidays. We will continue study the language in various ways: stories, games, verbal and written exercises, partner work, and projects.
It is important to me that each classroom establishes its own relationships and atmosphere; we are like a family. My hope is that the students will feel safe experimenting with the new language with one another. It's crucial that they try to speak the language!
In addition to the norm (tests, quizzes, homework), Spanish II classes will have a competition among each other. Each class can earn or lose points based on behavior, attendance, and kindness. None of it is grade based. At the end of the semester, the winning class will watch a movie in Spanish and I will provide snacks. The losing classes will have an in-class worksheet, which I feel is another incentive to try and win! The score and rules are posted in the classroom along with a class photo.
I like to establish a pattern within my classroom, so we will have activities we will do regularly:
Monday: Loca Lunes (an interactive and educational show filmed in Spain)
Tuesday: Talking Tuesday (sustained speaking in Spanish)
Wednesday: Música Miercoles
Thursday: Throwback Thursday (a quick review of previous vocabulary)
Friday: Viva Viernes (vocab review), quiz day
Below you will find an overview of material that we will cover during the year. We will focus mainly on the preterite and imperfect (past) tenses, but we will add a lot of vocabulary as well.
Preterite vs. Imperfect
Review of Spanish I
In the house
On an adventure
Places in the city
In a hotel
Affirmatives / Negatives