Week 7 Spanish IA

17 de septiembre hasta 20 de septiembre de 2013

Study 15 minutes per day

Friday students worked in pairs to create a well-developed story using 6 vocabulary words that they picked from the slips of paper I offered them.  Wednesday they will finish, make corrections and PRACTICEFriday they will present their stories to the class.

Students will…

  • write a well-developed story and include all 6 of those words.
  • draw the story and use color so that it is easy to see when projected.
  • practice telling the story by looking only at the pictures.
  • present their story to the class, using animated voices, good pronunciation, and smooth, fluid Spanish.


The story is…

well developed.                                           4          3          2          1          0
created with no errors.                             4          3          2          1          0
illustrated well.                                            4          3          2          1          0
told smoothly.                                             4          3          2          1          0
told with great pronunciation.                4          3          2          1          0
told with animated voices.                       4          3          2          1          0


Learning New Language Has Significant Impact on Brain Structure


Mexican Independence Day

16 de septiembre:
El Grito de Independencia

No es el Cinco de mayo

5 de mayo y 16 de septiembre¿Por qué se celebra el Cinco de mayo?


The colors of the Mexican flag:

Green:  The Independence Movement

White:  The purity of the Catholic faith

Red:  The Spaniards that joined in the quest for Independence.  The blood of the National Heroes.

New York Times slideshow of Mexico’s Day of Independence


Mexico’s War of Independence  – photos

Mexican-Americans celebrate Mexican Independence Day, El Grito!


Mexican Independence: Cloze Activity
Fill in the blanks in the text below.

Word Bank:




New Spain

Mexico was the home to highly developed 1)_________________, including the Mayas and the Toltecs (later called the 2)_______________________), since at least the 10th 3)___________________________. In the early 4)________________________, Spanish 5)_______________________ came to Mexico, brutally toppling the local rulers, claiming the land for Spain, 6)_____________ many Indians, and looting what they could of Mexico’s 7)______________. For over 8)__________ years, Mexico, then called 9)______________, was a part of Spain’s 10)__________________.

On 11) _________ 16, 1810, the priest Father Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla started a revolt against Spanish rule. He and his untrained Indian followers fought against the Spanish, but his 12)____________ was unsuccessful and Father Hidalgo was executed. After this setback, Father Jose Maria Morelos led the revolutionaries, but he also failed and was 13)____________. These two men are still symbols of Mexican 14)______________ and patriotism.

After the Mexican-born Spanish and the Catholic Church joined the revolution, Spain was finally 15)_________ in 1821. Mexican Independence Day is celebrated on September 16 of each year, the 16)_________ of the start of Father Hidalgo’s revolt.

Do you have the Grit that you need to excel in everything that you attempt? 

We’ll take the Grit Test to let you see where you stand. 


Below you may download the flashcards  to practice for the upcoming test.

1st set of flashcards (20)

2nd set of flashcards (20)

3rd set of flashcards (10)

Match the verb to its definition:

1. corro
2. recoge
3. sueltas
4. va
5. corres
6. recojo
7. suelto
8. vas
9. corre
10. recoges
11. suelta
12. voy
I pick up
I run
I go
I let go of
You pick up
You run
You go
You let go of
S/he picks up
S/he runs
S/he goes
S/he lets go of

La a personal – The personal a
After the verb, say, “Whom?” If there is a person, use an “a” after the verb.
Juanita ve a Juan. Ve (he sees whom? Juan – Juan is a person, so you have to use “a”)
Juanita ve un perro. Ve (he sees whom? There isn’t a person, so you don’t use “a”)

Usted = You (formal) Use this to talk to people that are older than you are, are in authority, or are unknown to you. Use the same form of the verb that you use to say s/he.
Examples: Usted ve, Usted corre, Usted recoge.  Usted va.  Usted suelta.

Tú = You (familiar) -You know this person well, or this person is your age or younger. Don’t use this form with someone who works in a store or restaurant… The “s” at the end of the verb means “Tú”.
Examples:  ves, corres, recoges, vas, sueltas.

¿Ver o Mirar? – To see or to look at?

  • Una abeja me ha picado cerca del ojo y no puedo ver bien. ( here we don’t say “no puedo mirar”)  A bee has stung me near my eye and I can’t see well.
  • Jim no puede ver nada porque no hay nada de luz.  Jim can’t see anything because there isn’t any light.
  • El chico no mira el cielo; mira a su gato que está en el tejado de la casa.  The boy doesn’t look at the sky; he looks a his cat that is on the roof of the house.

¿Dónde está? worksheet You can download it here:

El cuento del gato worksheet – You can download it here:

El dictado
(9) 1. Un chico alto mira una revista en el suelo.
(11) 2. Una chica baja corre al chico y dice, –Suelta la revista.
(12) 3. La chica toca el hombro del chico y dice, –Corre a casa.
(11) 4. La chica ve la revista en el suelo y la recoge.

These should be easy for you: 



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