Now, however, since it is part of the Spanish 2 curriculum (that means I'll be subscribing to his website for years to come), there are readings and activities in place to introduce structures and vocabulary BEFORE watching the video, AND, activities that we do directly related to the video. It's not haphazard as it was in the past (which by no means took away from the enjoyment of the video), but rather a meaningful, well-planned component of the curriculum.
I added a two new activities this year (see #4 & #6)
1. Rumors activity by Martina Bex
Introduces structures: ¿Quién dijo?, no lo creo
2. A variation of the Thief Activity by Martina Bex.
Target structures: soy inocente, no hice nada, no lo creo. Student A takes 10 things out of their bookbag and puts them on a chair; then leaves the room. One student is chosen to take and hide one of the items. Student A returns and has to guess who took the item.
Student A: ¿Quién robó mi ____? Daniel, ¿robaste mi ___?
Daniel: No. Soy inocente. No hice nada.
Student A: No lo creo.
3. Movie Talk of Mercedes commercial of blonde lady in library
Target Structures: se acercó, miró
This short video helps me to introduce se acercó, which is a structure students will hear again in El Banco. It is also a good way to recycle previous vocabulary and pull in more examples of verbs in the past such as miró, vio, pensó, etc.)
4. Draw diagram on the board of the police station and interrogation rooms. Explain the main characters in the story and their actions, (in the TL of course!) referring to the diagram on the board.
5a. Distribute and read EL BANCO script.
Note: I used to have Sr. Wooly's name at the top of the script but then the students knew that there was a video to accompany it. I like to surprise them with the video, so you will notice that the paper below does not mention his name in order to keep the video a secret.
5b. Listen to recording of native speaker. My friend Nelsi, is from the Dominican Republic. I recorded her reading the story so my students can hear the beautiful Dominican Republic accent.
6. Act out the story. (A day with acting in class is always a good day!)
You will need the following:
- el detective
- a 2nd detective
- two students to be the doors (hold arm against your body, bend the arm at elbow, and extend the forearm). The detective must pass through the door to go from one room to another.
|El detective interroga a Federico.|
The teacher should be the director while the students act. Insist that the students are dramatic. Insist that the detective walks through the "doors" to enter the interrogation rooms. When you say, "Había una mujer que se llamaba Margarita", pause and allow time for Margarita to look at the "audience" and acknowledge them.
7. Watch "El Banco", MovieTalk the events in the story. This video is always one of the students' favorites.
8. Describe El Banco characters on the board. (A double T-chart) List the 3 characters: Margarita, Federico, and el detective. I ask the students to tell me the actions that the person did or describe the person (what s/he was wearing, physical characteristics, his/her feelings, etc). Teacher writes on board: Margarita, Federico, & el detective. Students tell teachers sentences to describe the person or to tell what actions s/he did. Students write sentences as teacher writes them on the board. Students form inside/outside circles. Student A reads a statement to Student B and Student B says which person it describes. Continue with 2 more statements then switch or Student B is reading from the list of statements and Student A responds.
9a. El Banco script on Textivate - This is a public link.
Variations: create a sequence for homework; or create a Challenge activity with the script instead of a sequence.
9b. Order the dialogue. I projected a scrambled dialogue that used the same structures and vocabulary but not related to El Banco video, on the board. Students worked with a partner to put the dialogue in a logical order.
10. Comprehension questions. I have some questions that I verbally ask the students about El Banco. (Ex: ¿Dónde estaban las personas? ¿Qué bebió el detective/Margarita?) The purpose of the questions is to give students more input so they hear the vocabulary and structures in a different format.
During these questions, I insist that students have two choices on how to respond:
(a) they raise their hand - they know the answer;
(b) they place their first in the palm of their other hand - this indicates they don't understand the question, and/or they don't know the answer after they have referenced the El Banco story script and cannot find the answer
Passively sitting in the class and not choosing one of the above actions is NOT an option.
After the flood of input on these song and text activities, I give students a quiz which is a short story to read (it is NOT El Banco story), but it contains the same major grammar structures and vocabulary words.
Sr. Wooly has expanded his website immensely... so if you haven't checked it out lately, you will be in for a pleasant surprise. It is teacher-friendly and packed full of readings and online activities for teachers to assign online for students to complete.