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Level 4 – Autobiografías

For World Language Week, students in Level 4 Spanish are “becoming” a famous Hispanic artist, athlete, poet, writer, etc. and participating in a face-to-face interview in the target language.  Utilizing all of the grammar components that we have learned thus far, students must be able to answer and discuss the following information:

  1. ¿Cuál es su nombre completo Ud.?
  2. ¿Dónde y cuándo nació Ud.?
  3. ¿Por qué era famoso(a) Ud.?
  4. ¿Cuáles son algunas personas que han influido su vida?
  5. Describa Ud. su educación y/o entrenamiento.
  6. ¿Había viajado mucho por toda su vida Ud.? ¿Dónde?
  7. ¿Cuál es su “dicho” favorito?  Explique.
  8. ¿Por qué le recordará a Ud. el mundo?
  9. Describa Ud. (muéstreme) una creación importante suya.
  10. ¿Se consideraría ser una persona influyente Ud.?  ¿Por qué/no?
  11. Si hubiera nacido en otra época, ¿cómo habría sido diferente su vida?
  12. Para el fin de esta entrevista, ¿qué quiere que yo recuerde de Ud.?
  13. Si estuviera vivo(a), ¿a quién votaría Ud. en las elecciones generales?
  14. ¿Qué tipo de música a Ud. le gusta más?  ¿Por qué?
  15. Si pudiera dar consejos a los jóvenes de hoy, ¿qué diría Ud.? (Use a Vosotros/Uds. command here)

Students are also designing artistic reproductions, acting in dramatic reinterpretations, or creating sculptures of trophies of their respective historical figures.

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Student Spotlight – Lea P.

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Here is another class update from one of our Spanish 4 Honors seniors!

Nombre: Lea Peterson

Clase: Spanish 4 Honors

How many years have you studied Spanish?:
3 years


(Hobbies) Pasatiempos:

  • Field Hockey (varsity and club team)
  • PMC 2 Year Rider
  • Track (Indoor and Outdoor)
  • Piano
  • Work (Counselor job over the summer, Red Rock Grill and Bar during the school year, basketball ticket sales)
  • Student Council (government)
  • STEM
  • High Honors Student

(Favorite Food) Comida Favorita:
Chipotle

(What are you hoping to learn in class?) ¿Qué quieres aprender en la clase de Español?:
Learn how to be comfortable speaking in Spanish.  When I travel, I want to be able to communicate with others around me.

(What I like most in this class) Lo que me gusta más en esta clase:
A laid back atmosphere.  I like playing games and learning Spanish in alternative ways rather than just grammar.

(What are we currently doing in class?) ¿Qué hacemos ahora en la clase?:
We made a postcard from a foreign destination, speaking in Spanish to significant others at home.  We used the app Touchcast, and got candy when we finished. 🙂

(Dicho Favorito) Favorite Quote or Saying:
“The most important thing is to enjoy your life – to be happy – it’s all that matters.” Audrey Hepburn

 


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Student Spotlight – Rutger Mosher

screen-shot-2016-12-05-at-1-43-55-pmHere is a “Star Student” from our Spanish 4 Honors class!

Nombre: Rutger Mosher

Clase: Spanish 4 Honors

How many years have you studied Spanish?: 4

(Hobbies) Pasatiempos:

  • Xbox
  • Golf
  • Basketball
  • Eating mac and cheese
  • Going to Celtics games

(Favorite Food) Comida Favorita:
Sushi

(What are you hoping to learn in class?) ¿Qué quieres aprender en la clase de Español?:
Nothing in particular. Just hoping to work on being able to hold a conversation, keeping it fluent.  

(What I like most in this class) Lo que me gusta más en esta clase:
Extreme Makeover video project

(What are we currently doing in class?) ¿Qué hacemos ahora en la clase?:
Doing a virtual makeover of someone.

(Dicho Favorito) Favorite Quote or Saying:
60% of the time, it works all the time”


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Student Spotlight – Lizzy Leblanc

screen-shot-2016-12-01-at-8-42-51-amHere is a “Star Student” from our Spanish 4 Honors class!

Nombre: Elizabeth (Lizzy) Leblanc

Clase: Spanish 4 Honors

How many years have you studied Spanish?:
4 years

 

(Hobbies) Pasatiempos:

  • Member of Nipmuc Wind Ensemble
  • President of Nipmuc Band
  • Member of Percussion Ensemble
  • Member of Nipmuc Drama Guild (I am playing the part of “Keri” in the fall play)
  • Class of 2017 Executive Board
  • STEM Scholar

(Favorite Food) Comida Favorita:
Macaroni and cheese

(What are you hoping to learn in class?) ¿Qué quieres aprender en la clase de Español?:
I’m hoping to be able to improve my speaking and listening skills so I will be able to manage a conversation with a Spanish-speaking person.

(What I like most in this class) Lo que me gusta más en esta clase:
I like being able to study culture and food over grammar rules or small projects.

(What are we currently doing in class?) ¿Qué hacemos ahora en la clase?:
We are working on our extreme makeover videos. These videos use different grammar components and verb tenses to demonstrate a transformation.

(Dicho Favorito) Favorite Quote or Saying:
“I’ll do it tomorrow.”


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Estoy agradecido por…

meregusta-cuales-son-las-cosas-por-las-que-estas-agradecido-0-821576-previaThere is no better time of year than the present to reflect on all that we have and the many people that make such a positive impact on our lives.  My Spanish students at all levels participated in various activities today focusing on a theme of “gratefulness”.  Some students made booklets, others created themed lists and acrostic poems to identify what others were thankful for and to outline what they themselves were grateful for in their lives.  Here’s wishing you a wonderful time with family and friends!

 

 


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Sticky Sentences… We Need Your Help!

At all levels in language learning, we utilize what we call “sticky sentences” or scrambled sentences to reinforce grammar topics and aid in their integration in context.  In some instances, students cut out each sentence component and manipulate them on the carpet to facilitate collaboration and group input.  Other times, students use them as as a guide to create structured expressions and draw pictures that represent their meaning.

 

Some kids LOVE them; other kids DON’T, but they work and they are a great way to assess comprehension and application of abstract grammar topics.  So, why do we need YOUR help?

We are looking for a way (READ: NOT labor intensive) to transfer this type of activity to the IPads, so that students can manipulate the words/sentence fragments quickly and easily to both facilitate learning and to compare and contrast various language structures.  As an instructor, I would need to be able to “push” out a list/grid of words that all students could utilize to create their sentences.  Some IPad apps we have already thought of/tried without much success are:

Notability
Poetry Creator
Word Mover
Instant Poetry 2
Social Poetry
Sticky Words
Fridge Poems
Google Slides

Do you have any suggestions or ideas that could help us?  Are you a computer coder, engineer, or just all-around genius and would like to create an app for us?  Let us know and get in touch at: tmoloney@mursd.org.   Thanks!


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Level 4 – Oral Assesssments

qcbxnxj4iAs Term I comes to a close, we are wrapping up our final oral assessments.  This year, level 4 Honors Spanish students are utilizing the target language to express their opinions and explore their perceptions on some rather complicated and abstract ideas such as religion, education, and identity.

By the end of Term I, all Spanish IV students will be able to execute (ask and explain) the following themes and questions:

  1. ¿Qué clase te gusta más este año?  ¿Por qué? ¿Qué haces en tu clase favorita ahora?
  2. ¿Qué hiciste este verano pasado?
  3. Cuando eras joven, ¿qué hacías cada fin de semana para relajarte?
  4. ¿Siempre traes _______________ a la clase de ____________. (use direct object pronouns)
  5. ¿Cuántas horas duermes cada noche?
  6. ¿Dónde pondrás tu(s) ______________ después de las clases?(use direct object pronouns)
  7. ¿Le comprarás a tu amigo(a) mejor un regalo para su cumpleaños?(use direct and indirect object pronouns)
  8. ¿A qué hora usualmente te levantas por la mañana?
  9. ¿Quién es tu mejor amigo(a)?  ¿Por qué?
  10. Si ganaras la lotería, ¿qué harías con el dinero?
  11. En el futuro, ¿qué harás con tu vida?
  12. ¿Cuáles son algunas influencias en el idioma español?  Explica.
  13. ¿Te importa mucho la religión?  ¿Es una fuerza positiva o negativa en tu vida/el mundo?
  14. Describe un concepto de la gramática que te era muy difícil. ¿Por qué?
  15. Describe un concepto de la gramática que te era muy fácil. ¿Por qué?
  16. ¿Qué tipo de estudiante eras en el pasado?
  17. ¿Cómo estás cuando sacas buenas notas en una clase difícil?
  18. ¿Qué tipo de persona eres?
  19. ¿Les mentirías a tus padres si no hubiera ningún posibilidad de ser atrapado?
  20. ¿Qué es un préstamo?  Da un ejemplo de un préstamo y describe su origin.