Unfortunately for me, ‘backward planning’ usually means doing things backward: as in the wrong order. I have never had a systematic way of introducing past tenses to my students, and so their knowledge of it is always somewhat spotty. They leave my Spanish II class able to interpret the past tense with ease, but their production of it lacks accuracy.
This will change. At least, that is my goal.
We’ve already read El Nuevo Houdini, and I taught them a unit using El que se enoja, pierde, but I think that I needed to do some more basic work before jumping into those things (more lessons like “said” and “went“). And so now we will spend the fourth quarter back-tracking to make up for my deficiencies as a curriculum mapper.
After Spring Break, we’ll start with a lesson to learn the verbs “I/he saw” and “I/he came” using my Caesar sentence lesson (click on the image to download it in Spanish; click here to download it in French). I’m excited because it will also give us lots of opportunities to learn other preterite verbs, all chosen by the students. Then, we’ll go into -AR verbs, -ER/-IR verbs, and I-Y verbs.
Back to basics, baby!!