Curious about Huellas?

We know that you have a lot of choices when it comes to resources for your classroom. As we work to update units with can-do statements and essential questions this summer, we hope you’ll take a look at unit 1 of Huellas 1!

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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","Bananas", "Sostenible", and "Papálotl" 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

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  1. Senora I will teach for first time Spanish 4 next school year, a college recommend me to use huellas. Can you explain me what level is it? For what I read is like somos form Martina bex, which huellas should I use for level 4/5. I already read the books you recommend from fluency matters can you please tell me for level 4/5 what grammar/content we have to cover? What huellas units you recommend me, to start. Thank you.

    1. Hi, Maggie! Huellas 1 and 2 are a good fit for students in levels 3 and 4. I use Somos in my Spanish 1 and 2 classes. I wrote the Huellas units to help keep my students learning after Huellas! For level 4 and 5 I think you can use either of the Huellas programs. If you use Huellas 1, you will start with units that are designed around stories and then move into units that are designed around cultural content (food/medicine). In Huellas 2, the units are pretty much all designed around topics like sustainable development, the ocean, waste management. I recommend starting with Bajo la mesa (the free first unit in Huellas 1).

  2. Hola Carie,
    Can you switch between Huellas 1 and 2 or would you not recommend that? I’m looking at it for a level 4 class.

    1. You absolutely can! When I wrote the units, I used them in a lot of different orders! When I had enough to build a curriculum for my students, I started trying to organize them into a pattern that felt right as far as building one on the next! That said, each is designed to be a stand alone unit! You will have no problem mixing and matching!

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