My high school Spanish 1 lesson plans use the vocabulary lists and grammar topics from the Exprésate level 1 textbook. They start with a few introductory verbs needed to understand skits (ir, dar, estar, tener, ver, and tocar) as well as a few TPR commands, then go on to where every Spanish 1 textbook starts – Greetings and Introductions. Other vocab themes in level 1A include food, animals, talking about age, telling time, numbers, adjectives and descriptions of people, likes and dislikes, calendar, seasons, school supplies, classes, places in the school, colors, places, activities, and weather. Grammar topics in 1A are present tense verbs, subject pronouns, indirect object pronouns (mostly by way of vocab strings like “le da una flor,) gustar, commands articles, and adjective agreement.
The vocab themes in 1B include more descriptions of people, family, more activities, position words (like delante, detrás,) body parts, chores, house, more food and talking about food, dishes and eating utensils, places around town, clothes and shopping, more colors, getting ready and grooming, and some health vocab (like tiene catarro, cuidar la salud, etc.) Grammar topics in 1B are present tense verbs, reflexive verbs, some introduction to preterit and imperfect at the end, and continuing to build on direct and indirect object pronouns, articles, and adjective agreement.
My Spanish 2 lesson plans use the vocabulary lists and grammar topics from Exprésate 2. Vocab themes in 2A expand on some of the level 1 themes and include getting ready, chores, polite expressions for shopping and working, things in a house, professions, reaction expressions, places around town, touring, personality and physical descriptions, stores, directions and streets, body parts, pain and injuries (I call it the Pain and Suffering chapter in Exprésate,) sports, and conversations about sporting events. Grammar topics in 2A include review of present tense, gustar, commands, indirect and direct object pronouns, present progressive, tener + que, tener phrases, reflexive verbs, passive se, preterit and imperfect. My 2A lesson plan book is half present tense (up to Lesson 15,) and half preterit and imperfect introduction (in the readings only. Skits still in present tense throughout.)
My Spanish 2B lesson plans’ main focus is preterit and imperfect, so I reduced the vocab load. (2A is vocab-heavy.) All the skits and readings in 2B are in past tense throughout. Vocab themes in 2B include: activities, childhood memories, getting ready in the past, school, likes and dislikes, personalities and emotions, gossip, food and cooking, shopping, and travel. Grammar topics include preterit and imperfect, reflexive verbs, direct and indirect object pronouns, and por vs. para. As I said, the main goal is learning past tense in this book.
My Spanish 3 lesson plans use the vocabulary lists and grammar topics from Exprésate 3. All the skits and readings are in past tense throughout level 3. The final exams are written closer to AP format (long listening and reading passages, expository essay writing.) Vocab themes in 3A expand further on vocab learned in levels 1 and 2, and include talking about the outdoors, sports, activities, friends’ qualities and characteristics, relationships, advice, emotions, food and cooking, school and classes, giving opinions, gossip, and stereotypes. Grammar topics include review of direct and indirect object pronouns, review of preterit and imperfect, intro to subjunctive, future tense, conditional, review of present progressive, past progressive, and present perfect. (3A is grammar-heavy.)
Spanish 3B’s vocab themes include arts and entertainment, news and news reporting, talking about descent and family backgrounds, struggles, overcoming obstacles, applying and working at jobs, future plans, volunteer work, and college plans. I find that the vocab in 3B lends itself particularly well to what they need as a base for my AP Spanish Language and Culture class. Grammar topics include past perfect, uses of “se,” more on preterit and imperfect, more on subjunctive, review of future and conditional, letter writing, and an intro to past subjunctive at the end.
My Spanish 4 lesson plans use AP vocab and review and expand on all the grammar topics from levels 1 – 3. At my school, students who started in Spanish 2 as freshmen may take Spanish 4 as juniors and AP Spanish Language and Culture as seniors. Or, after Spanish 3 as a junior, they may choose to take either Spanish 4 or AP as a senior. In any case, my Spanish 4 lessons are designed as a feeder class for my AP Spanish class. They use four of the six AP themes for culture lessons and focus on a specific country for each of the four themes, and the final exams are written closer to AP format (long listening and reading passages and expository essay writing.) Culture topics in 4A include Contemporary Life/Argentina and Families and Communities/Puerto Rico. Vocab themes include personality characteristics, school and office, furniture and parts of furniture, idiomatic expressions using tener, useful expressions for informal speaking (invitations, making plans, decisions, arguments, discussions, and reactions,) simple prepositions, deceptive words (like soportar,) house and things in a house, family and stores, idiomatic expressions using dar(se), estar and hacer, and conjunctions.
My older Spanish 1A and 1B books were written while I was teaching middle school and are more geared to that level, although I know some teachers use them at the high school level and seem happy with the results. They don’t cover as much content as my newer 2009-2014 books, so if you are looking for a slower/easier pace, these books are a good bet. The skits are completely different from my 2009 Spanish 1 lessons, so these older books can be used at the middle school level along with my 2009 lessons at the high school level without worrying about repeating the same stories and skits. The vocab was pulled from the old McDougal Littell’s Dime Uno series, and vocab themes in 1A include greetings and introductions, simple TPR commands, classroom, basic adjectives, family, numbers, likes and dislikes, food, body parts, sports, school supplies, clothes, movies, and weather. Grammar topics include present tense, indirect object pronouns, articles, commands, and adjective agreement.
My older Spanish 1B’s vocab themes include a review of greetings and introductions, more commands, directions, body parts, food and cooking, descriptions of people, adverbs, school, more family and weather, stores and shopping, and getting ready. Grammar topics include present tense, commands, adjective agreement, tener + que, indirect object pronouns, and reflexive verbs.
English Version of my original (2005) Spanish 1 lessons
This is simply an English translation of everything in the older (2005) Spanish 1 lesson plan books, so all the skits, readings, activities, quizzes, and tests are in English. It can be used to teach ESL or for teachers of languages other than Spanish who would like to use my lessons but don’t read Spanish. See the description above for vocab and grammar topics covered.
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