I do not teach level 1, and haven’t for about 8 years! If I WERE teaching level 1, I would recommend a combination of the SOMOS curriculum by Martina Bex and I’d select 2-3 easy readers. I’d use easy readers such as Esmeralda, la tortuguita marina, Brandon Brown quiere un perro (or any other Brandon reader you like), Mata la piñata, Llama en Lima, Silencio, ¡por favor!, and Laritza. These readers all have 75-100 unique words, are compelling, and are great for middle school or early high school!
We watch Mi vida loca on Fridays during the 1st semester (we spend about 15 minutes on each episode including a bit of discussion or a short activity). Check out this Facebook group for ideas on how to use this program in class.
My Spanish 2 students come to me from different teachers and have a variety of levels/experience. I like to start the year with card talk/circling with balls and fun, easy stories.
We also do a song of the week, which actually takes about 2-3 weeks per song. The songs are my daily warmup, except on Tuesdays and Thursdays when we begin class with 10 minutes of SSR.
Unit 1: Card talk (3-6 days)
Beginning of November: Noviembre sin barba story / Noviembre sin ti song
During the month of March we do “Musical March Madness” brackets in lieu of our regular “Song of the week”, but we do songs of the week the rest of the semester.
Unit 1: Robo en la noche and Costa Rica (9 weeks)
Robo en la noche (Fluency Matters)
Costa Rica overview
Rio Movie Film Study
Presley: the true story that inspired the movie Rio
Unit 2: Felipe Alou and Baseball (9 weeks)
Felipe Alou (Fluency Matters)
En el tiempo de las mariposas
La República Dominicana (The Comprehensible Classroom)
El durián: El rey que huele mal (FREE)
Interview with Felipe Alou
El plátano mágico
Unit 1: Immigration, Status, and Citizenship
Unit 2: Noche de oro (the sequel to Robo en la noche!), Conservation, Water Cleanliness
Noche de Oro
¿Cómo se contamina el agua?
Mar de Plástico (Somewhere to Share)
Unit 1: Felipe Alou this year…we didn’t do it last year due to the shutdown.
Spanish 4 and 5 – Combined classes
Year 1 (of 2)
El internado – ongoing TV series we watch on Fridays
Year 2 (of 2)
Unit “Hasta la sepultura” (4 weeks)
Hasta la sepultura
Other Units that I use as fillers!
Unit: Microfinanzas (2 weeks)
Unit “Literature Circles” (1 week or more if we do multiple rounds of circles. Sometimes we do literature circles with full-length readers that we haven’t used as whole-class readers and make it a longer unit.)