First, this unit is COMPLETELY inspired by Cynthia Hitz (check her out on http://palmyraspanish1.blogspot.com/)
Last year, my colleague Paige started the year with a unit she designed around a commercial for BHD Bank called Cactus. Cactus and the Bank Her unit is designed to turn a movie talk into a week long unit with embedded reading, slide show, screenshots to retell the story from… It is great!
This year, I created two further units, one for Spanish 3 and one for Spanish 4… but neither is level specific. Just a good way to review some past tense, get a few reps of some subjunctive structures, and add a little new vocabulary… specifically some good transition words.
For Spanish 3 I am using this commercial for Directv called Parecidos
For Spanish 4 I am using this commercial for Saga Falabella called Atrévete Cambia
My lesson plans are pretty simple: Monday in all 3 levels we will do a movie talk of the commercial after our 10 minute free read. Tuesday, we will do the slide show after free reading and will read version A of the story. Wednesday we will watch the video one more time, we will read version B, and then we will sit in a circle on the floor with printed screenshots on the floor in the center. Students will pick up the screenshots and describe them, tell what happened in the story, ask questions, etc. as a class discussion. Thursday we will read 10 minutes then practice retelling with the photo story page with a friend. They will write out the story from the photos alone for an assessment. On Friday they will do the cloze activity as an interpretive assessment and will call my google voice and record the story from the photos.
I hate doing this many hours of work and then not getting a ton of use out of them so please borrow and share!