This is such an exciting time in the academic year. My students know their days, months, seasons, and weather expressions and are just beginning to learn some infinitives.
By making this lapbook, students are able to make nineteen variations of sentences with each infinitive. They practice with the lapbook and are ready to write the typical assignment about introducing yourself to a potential host family.
This video will show you the bare bones of what it will look like.
After a few days with practicing with their partner, the students are ready to complete their options paragraph.
If this paragraph is a major Performance Based Assessment, then you might want to use a product I posted last year to help them practice further using a Word document.
Once the paragraph is complete, and you have a textivate account, the students can log into textivate and copy and paste their unique paragraphs to textivate and start practicing in earnest for their writing assessment.
From here, students realize they can combine different ideas and make even more sentences. This combination builds confidence in students that they can actually write a lot considering they have only had about 45 hours of instruction in Spanish!
Once the big assessment is behind us, I’ll wait a week or so and ask them to see how many complete and unique sentences they can write in ten minutes. Pretty soon they are bragging to one another – I can write 100 sentences in Spanish, and then they start challenging one another.