I’m teaching a unit on the family right now and I’m trying to be sure students are getting the input they need before they start talking about their own families. Day one was TPRS and students were introduced to different family members. For day two the goal is that each student can answer basic questions about the family. To get them engaged I use famous families that most students will know. Here’s a link to a really simple prezi I will be using.
In Spanish, we will talk about these families. I will ask them questions like…
- NAME: What’s the name of this family? What’s the dad’s name? What is his son’s name?
- FAMILY SIZE: Is this family big or small? How many people are in the family?
- AGE: How old is the daughter? How old do you think his cousin is?
- LOCATION: Does this family live in a house or an apartment? What city do they live in?
- RELATION: How are these two related? Who is his aunt?
- DESCRIPTION: What is the mom like? Is she nice or strict? Is the dad serious or funny?
- OPINION: Do YOU like this family? Is this family fun? Do you think the sister is pretty?
Here’s a link to the prezi I’ll be using.
Afterwards, I’ll hand out a few authentic readings from People En Espanol magazine and have them list the family members mentioned in the article and answer a few simple questions about the family.
Here are a few options to print out. The readings are short, but appropriate for Novice high readers. For each reading I’ll give 1-2 questions for them to focus on for each reading.
Listening and reading about other families helps students get familiar with the vocab and grammar patterns so they will be able to talk about their own family in the days to come. Like Kara always reminds me…input before output!