My Spanish IV class started La Calaca Alegre, a novel by Carrie Toth. We had a Mexican speaker to kick off our class. Another activity was focused on identity, which is a central theme in the novel. The TPRS Teachers Guide was the inspiration for the movement that I created to accompany my book. These guides are well worth the money. These guides make it easy to teach a novel even for complete beginners.
Last week, state testing was conducted. I was able to prepare and proctor my Spanish IV. This is usually my fifth morning class without breaks (after 2 Spanish II and 2 Spanish I), so many activities are mixed up for this class. This was my first class of the day, and it was great to be able to start over again. As a way of talking about my identity, I shared a photo of myself. I found embarrassing photos of myself from high school and decided to share them. I didn’t do much. These were just the keywords I used in high school to describe me.
When the slide was posted, students entered class. They would have been able to see them crowding my board, looking for me and laughing at my choice in clothes and hairstyles for Freshman homecoming. To explain my identity as high school student, I spent time speaking target language. The slide below was used to describe me. It was amazing to compare my perceptions of myself back then and now.
Next it was time to discuss their identities. Below is a slide that asks them to create a piece of text or a document containing pictures and words that best describes who they are as high school seniors. This lesson was not about creating but communicating about oneself. Students had lots of fun selecting their favorite photos and then putting them together.