My dad and grandma are in town visiting right now, but I have been feeling the itch to get into my classroom and begin setting it up before classes begin on August 22. I snuck away for a few hours yesterday morning and put up all of the permanent posters that will adorn my walls this year. If you’d like the files (which include the text…if you’d like to make your own posters, it’ll take a lot of cutting and pasting!), email me at

Some of the vocabulary is designed to help my students narrate, and some will help them understand, respond to, and ask critical thinking questions.


The first two are the Compare and Contrast Signs and the Narrative Vocabulary sign (please excuse the error with later/finally/at last…it is corrected in the file and in my classroom, I just didn’t take a new photo!):

Next, these three signs: Conjunctions and prepositions, Common storytelling words, and Vocabulary for Academic Writing

These Standards Based Assessment posters are so that my students understand the grades they receive: 

These Question Words Posters (along with the “hay – there is/there are” poster, not pictured) are the most important in my room.

The Expressing Opinions is new this year, and I hope that its presence will encourage me to up the reps of these structures and that their accessibility will encourage students to use them more often.


  1. I love the posters you made and the photos you took to show us. I have always wanted to have posters like these, but never had the time to sit down and make them. Is there any chance you have these typed up in a document and could share them so I don’t have to reype them? I would really appreciate it! Thanks.


  2. OOPS….I feel foolish, I see that you left your email on the top of the message. Must have skipped over that because I got so excited about the posters. Disregard my first reply. Thanks, Stacey


  3. Hi Martina,

    I love your blog and am a devoted follower! I have been struggling with how to get a Word Wall going and I think your posters are a perfect place to begin. I would love it if you could send me the files so I acan get started with the cutting and pasting!!
    Mil gracias!
    Michelle in Vancouver Canada


  4. Thanks for reminding that I have to get on the French version of those; I really like the second set and hope the kids will make good use of it. I better hurry up, only have a couple of weeks left. Yikes!


  5. I love the posters as well! 🙂 I’m going to spend my whole work day looking at your site. It is wonderful!! I tried the Pingback link for the posters and it didn’t work 😦 I’m not sure what to do next, but would love to download the posters.


    • Hmm…not sure about the pingback (I don’t even see one anymore…weird). To download the posters, click on the red text within the post–any red text is a link; in this case, a link to the file. Hope that works!


  6. Martina:
    Could you send me an editable version of these? Especially the Common Storytelling Words and Conjunctions and Prepositions. Thank you!


      • So true! I have been staring at that incorrect poster on my back wall all year, thinking, “I really need to fix that…” but haven’t gotten around to it. And since these are PDFs, I REALLY need to update them on the site. Thanks for the reminder…maybe today will be the day! Maybe…


  7. I hated to even mention it, but since others are copying . . . . you could change the language! 😀 hahaha. Is that something a student could do for you? That’s what I try to do. Happy Friday.


  8. Hi! These are amazing. I am using them in my classroom this year (I just transitioned from all French to almost all Spanish) and was wondering what the font is? I want to add a few other posters and I’d like them to match. 🙂 Yes, I am THAT girl…


  9. […] I no longer teach traditional “thematic units” (ex: places around town, food & dining, etc.): instead, I plan my units around high frequency vocabulary and pull in other vocabulary as it naturally comes up. My students have had great success with this instructional focus, and there are a few tricks that I’ve incorporated to make sure that we still cover important, non-frequency vocabulary. One of my favorite way to do this is by covering my walls with posters that contain vocabulary that I want my students to use and learn. The operative word in that sentence is “USE”, because any poster that stays on my wall needs to be USED so that it doesn’t become white noise. Click here to view and download some of the posters that I have in my classroom (they are provided …. […]


  10. Hola Martina,
    I noticed in one of the pictures from your classroom (I think it was on a blog post about an Esperanza writing activity where the students recorded answers to questions on huge post-it notes around the classroom) that you had a set of Subject Pronoun posters. Would you happen to have a file of them that you wouldn’t mind sharing? Thanks for all your hard work on CI/TPRS. It’s making my upcoming switch from traditional methods a lot less intimidating.


  11. Your classroom looks great! Thanks for sharing your ideas and your documents. My classroom will look much better this year as a result.


  12. I cannot thank you enough for providing so many materials for educators! I am in my early years as a language teacher and want to begin TPRS and CI this year for my Spanish 1B and possibly Spanish 2 students. These posters have saved me SO much time from searching and creating a similar version.


  13. […] Establish meaning for your question. I do this with a translation. I write “quiere ir” on the board in Spanish with a black marker and beside it “wants to go” in English with a blue marker. I say “‘quiere ir‘ means ‘wants to go’ in English.” Then I repeat ‘quiere ir’ slowly several times, each time pausing and pointing to the English translation. (I also make sure that I have the pairing “Dónde – where” posted somewhere in my room to reference; for me, it’s permanently visible on a poster.) […]


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