When it comes to planning your Spanish 1 class, sometimes you have a textbook and sometimes you have nothing. In my case, I have usually had to develop my own materials.
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Developing your own materials can feel overwhelming, but it’s actually pretty freeing because you have the opportunity to teach your students what they really need. Instead of following a curriculum calendar, you can set the pace and pause to review or reteach any materials that your students need support with.
That being said, here’s what I teach in Spanish one.
First: Brain Dump
The first thing I do when I determine what I want my students to learn is a brain dump. Here’s a link to my freebie unit plan brainstorm sheet. When I brain dump for year-long planning, I make a list of all of the content that I want my students to know throughout the year.
It might look like this ⬇️
Once I have a big list of every topic I want to cover, I start to make connections between the topics to see what I can teach together. For example, I might teach weather and clothing together because I can talk about what to wear based on the forecast. I could build numbers into this to bring up the date or temperatures, but I might make that a review element because it’s not the primary focus.
I don’t teach explicit grammar. In order to make sure my students learn all the grammar structures that I want them to know (present, present progressive, reflexive verbs, super seven verbs, etc.), I make a list of these as well.
Next, I look at appropriate ways to fit them into my content. For example I can teach reflexive with routines because there are a lot of reflexive verbs with routines. I can teach present progressive with studies and classes, because my students are currently studying.
Keep It Fun
Remember that Spanish one is students’ first experience with learning a language. We would hate to turn them off from the language or switch to another language class because they’re not enjoying studying Spanish.
In order to keep it fun, I build in projects at the end of each unit. This allows for students to show off their skills and take a break from active content learning. I also build in a week of reflection and review after each unit because it helps my students to reflect on their goals (click here for my student reflection worksheet).
A flexible week also gives them opportunities to make up any missing assignments or correct any work that they want to improve.