Scope and Sequence and Questions

It has been awhile since I shared my scope and sequence and as I sat down to plan this summer, I realized that many things had changed! New readers have come out and I’ve written new units to share with my students.

As Somewhere to Share has released the Huellas 1 curriculum, my Spanish 3 class has changed! I’ve revamped a lot of units and added a couple new ones. My new readers Bananas and Vector have made their way into the line up. I am so excited to start the year.

UPDATED: Huellas 2 is complete!

Huellas 2 is deep into production (units 1-4, 6, and 8-10 are all ready and the other 2 are available already but their remote plans and additions are coming SOON!). My Spanish 4 class will be following the Huellas 2 curriculum this year.

Here is the dilemma… I won’t get everything done that I love to do. While my school IS planning a “Return to Learn” beginning August 20th, unfortunately, I am almost certain that we will be back to remote learning in very little time. (UPDATE: Our Hybrid Plan has been SOOOOO successful. We have not… knock on wood… had to go full virtual yet this year!!! GO Dr. Detering! Our Superintendent is doing this with so much grace and class.) I would LOVE for life to be normal and for me to be able to be in class, with ALLLLLL the students. But it isn’t going to be normal.

My plan is to move as slowly as I need to and just not worry. We will love every unit we get to study and hopefully by next year, we will be back to our regular routine but for now, I am going to plan for 25 minutes of instruction per day and make the most out of every one of those 25 minutes!

Check out my updated scope and sequence level by level here and remember that it is ok in Spanish 3 and 4 to pick and choose your “can’t miss” units!

With the TPT sale on Tuesday and Wednesday, it is the perfect opportunity to adopt Huellas 1. The units in Huellas 2 are all going to be on sale as well. When you purchase the unit, you will get all of the future updates for free so if you want to add them to your library now, you’ll have access to them as we upload the improved versions!

Enjoy the end of your summer and I hope that our planning this summer at Somewhere to Share helps make your transition to this surreal new world easier!

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.

15 thoughts

  1. Will Huellas be added to the sale as a pre-order or am I better off waiting for it’s release?

    1. Huellas 1 is already on sale and will remain on sale through the TPT Back to School Sale. Huellas 2 is set for release in November (but may be done sooner). Each of its units already exists (just not all with remote plans yet) and they will all be on sale. When it releases (November or before), I will put it on sale for a couple of weeks but probably the TPT sale now will make it close to the same price. As we update each unit, if you already own them, you can just download the updates!

  2. I love your scope and sequence for Spanish 1. Do you have a pacing guide? I have only been able to get to unit 8 and 2 novel units. I’d like to be able to get farther.

    1. We condense every SOMOS unit down to 5 class days. We all do different things (ex. My colleague loves the campanadas and I don’t uses them) but we choose what we like then work it into a 5 day lesson plan!

      1. Have you taught SOMOS 1 virtually yet? I am putting together my syllabus for level 1 starting in January this year, and am unsure how long the FLEX units will take. I have 4-day weeks with 75 minutes/day.

      2. I have not taught SOMOS 1 virtually! Our program has really grown and this year I’m teaching 1 level 2 and 3 threes and 2 fours! I haven’t had ones for about 4 years but I’m about to phase out of even having 2s!!! My COLLEAGUES are using Somos 1 and they’re definitely moving slower. We used to try to do a unit in about a week but I think they’re running more like 7-8 days now.

  3. If my Sp 4 / AP students have not done CI before, where should I start them. Also, are assessments included in these packages? Thanks!

  4. Hola! I came here to look at your scope & sequence for level 1, and am especially interested in seeing how you integrate novels. I am sold on adding Brandon Brown Quiere un Perro. It’s perfect as a first novel, IMHO. It uses humor to build interest as students get the feel for reading something longer.
    I see for your second one, you chose El Nuevo Houdini. I have not yet read that one, and am wondering if you had a specific reason for choosing it. In the back of my mind, I’d like to offer something at the novice level (2nd semester) that starts to introduce AP themes. I was considering Esmeralda, but I’m not sure how to connect it to SOMOS. Do you have any suggestions? I’m open to any title that can be conquered by low level 1s (I get a lot of SWDs, so nothing too complicated).

    1. Hi, Kristal! Honestly, I haven’t taught Spanish 1 in about 4 years and the teachers who do just really like the familiarity of sticking with the books they know! We do BB Perro, Houdini, and Piratas in Spanish 1 and they’re successful so they want to stick with a good thing! Esmeralda is a GREAT read and honestly ANY of the early level readers fit well with SOMOS because they all lean so heavily on those same basic structures (have, needs, goes, is, wants, etc)! Silencio, por favor is another really cute, easy, new reader! If you’re looking to incorporate AP themes early, Esmeralda and Silencio would be great. Silencio takes place in Egypt at the Pyramids of Giza so it would work with Beauty and Aesthetics and Esmeralda works great with World Issues/Science and Tech!

  5. Hola Carrie! I was wondering if you could elaborate on your Selena film study unit? Do you perhaps use a certain TPT guide or one you’ve made? I’d love to show it in class this year.

    1. We have NOT used a certain TPT guide. Fluency Matters now has a Selena reader that I would like to incorporate at some point but for now we just watch the film together after doing the SOMOS unit “El chico del apartamento 512”. It’s nice to get the song as part of the unit and then learn more about her before moving on!

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