Now that it’s the end of the year, I finally have some time to get organized! We only have 3 days left of school until summer, but I have finished teaching already. Yesterday my teaching partner and I took the day and roughly planned which target structures to teach next year. A lot of it was just tweaking what we already have, but I think we have a good solid plan in place now. If you haven’t already seen my post on how to backwards plan before reading a class novel, you might want to check it out first before reading this post.
Our grade 5s are going to read Mira Canion’s book, El capibara con botas again next year. The students and I loved reading it last year and it’s probably my new favourite book to teach. The structures I have selected to pre-teach this year are: hay, tiene, es, se llama, dice, quiere, va a, camina, corre, ve, está en, está furioso, habla con, le gusta, puede, le pregunta, and toma (there is, has, is, is called, says, wants, goes to, walks, runs, sees, is located/feeling, is furious, talks to, likes, can, asks, and takes)
We started by looking at the school calendar for next year and determined that we will have approximately 36 1-hour classes with the grade 5s before Christmas break. The plan is that when we return from the break, we will start the novel. It usually takes me 7-8 class periods to teach a full storytelling unit, so I can fit in 4-5 stories with 3-4 target structures each for a maximum of 20 structures. Once we narrowed down the list of important structures to pre-teach for the novel, we ended up with 17.
Here are the stories I have chosen to use to teach all of the structures. These are all stories that I have adapted from other scripts to better fit the structures I want to teach. Eventually as I write up a post for each new story script, I will link to them from here.
Story #1: Un animal interesante, adapted from Dice by Martina Bex
Target Structures: hay, tiene, es, se llama (there is, has, is, is called)
Story #2: La chica sin dientes, adapted from Buscando gafas by Martina Bex
Target Structures: dice, quiere, va (says, wants, goes to)
Story #3: Camina y corre, adapted from Camina y corre by Martina Bex
Target Structures: camina, corre, ve, está (walks, runs, sees, is)
Story #4: Los animales de mi hermano, adapted from Las novias de mi hermano by Martina Bex
Target Structures: está furioso, habla con, le gusta (is furious, talks to, likes)
Story #5: Puedo conducir, adapted from Déjame conducir by Jim Tripp
Target Structures: puede, le pregunta, toma (can, asks, takes)
Are you thinking about reading this novel in one of your classes next year? Share what you think about this plan or ask any questions you have in the comments below!