Circle the Wagons

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Maybe you’ve seen me demo Circle the Wagons on Señor Wooly’s site with his graphic novel, Billy y las Botas or maybe you’ve never heard of the activity… This is a demo of my class as we wrap up the “Orangután en mi habitación” unit we’ve been studying.

I do this activity a LOT to get my students retelling stories we’ve studied in class.

Key reminders:

  • Students are not all at the same proficiency level and the gap between highest and lowest widens as they reach upper level language study.
  • This is in Spanish so if you teach another language,  you can get the idea of what we are doing (make a statement about the image, answer two questions about the image)  and  my little pop up tips but you won’t know what they’re saying! SORRY!
  • I would love to hear feedback but please nothing critical of any our Spanish!  🙂

I encourage you to teach the SDGs with units like Orangután, Homes of the world, Medicina o cura, Mar de plástico, Dame dame chocolate, Comer para vivir, Agua es vida, and Arctic Crime!

Here we  are doing Circle the Wagons!

Author: senoracmt

I began teaching Spanish in Illinois in 1994. I have taught levels 1-4 in a small rural high school, 8th grade introductory Spanish, Biology 1, and 101 and 102 at the community college level. My Spanish classes are partnered with the community college to offer students 8 semester hours of dual credit on completion of Spanish 4. In 2011 I met Carol Gaab and Kristy Placido and have since co-authored the book "La hija del sastre" with Carol Gaab and authored the novels "La Calaca Alegre", "Bianca Nieves y los 7 toritos." "Vector," "48 horas" and "Bananas" through Fluency Matters. In 2006 I became National Board certified and I have been serving as a mentor both for candidates seeking certification in world languages other than English and a virtual mentor for candidates in all certificate areas. I completed my Masters degree in Spanish education in 2011 and did my research on the use of Understanding by Design to create meaningful cultural units for the language classroom. I am a frequent presenter on this topic, please consider me if you are interested in a workshop on backward design. In 2013 I was named the ICTFL Foreign Language teacher of the year and in 2014 I was selected as CSCTFL's teacher of the year. In November of 2014 I was lucky enough to be one of the five finalists for the ACTFL National Teacher of the Year in San Antonio, TX. What a "Cinderella" experience! You can reach me via email at senoracmt at gmail.com.

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