When I taught Spanish II, it was to eighth graders that were in their third year of Spanish (they had already completed Spanish 1A and 1B). It was my last year with them, and I felt the weight of preparing them to be successful in the non-TPRS classes to which they were headed the following year. For this reason, I structured my curriculum around the past tenses (preterite and imperfect) and chose structures for each unit that fit into a specific grammatical topic so that we could do a focused grammar lesson after the storytelling portion of the unit had been completed. Here are the units and additional resources that I developed and used:

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Click on image to access Unit 3 plans

Caesar sentences to introduce the preterite tense in Spanish from The Comprehensible Classroom
Click on image to access lesson plan for Vine vi vencí
 Unit #1: Foundations

Click on image to access plans for Unit 2: La muchacha y la ardilla
Click on image to access plans for Unit 2: La muchacha y la ardilla
 Unit #2: -AR regular preterite verbs

Ricitos de Oro y los tres osos reading in Spanish
Click on image to access Ricitos de Oro reading
 Unit 2 extension/optional reading: Ricitos de Oro y los tres osos

This reading provides concentrated repetitions of the same structures that were targeted in Unit 2. The reading is available in multiple formats (booklet, handout, slideshow), and optional activities are included in case the teacher wishes to ‘work with’ the reading.

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Click on image to access Unit 3 plans
Unit #3: -ER and -IR regular preterite verbs

Click on image to access Unit 4 plans
 Unit #4: “Gringo” and Preterite stem change verbs 
 Screen Shot 2015-03-19 at 4.16.24 PM Unit #5: I-Y preterite stem change verbs

 Teach students irregular preterite verbs through storytelling
Unit #6: Irregular preterite verbs

 Screen Shot 2015-04-07 at 10.44.16 PM  Unit #7: Imperfect irregular verbs

  • Storytelling unit: El acosador
  • Grammar notes: N/A (I hold off on these until Unit #8–an optional one-page overview of the Imperfect is included in the plans…but I don’t use it with my classes)
 Screen Shot 2015-03-19 at 4.17.30 PM  Unit #8: El hombre feliz (based on the short film by Axel Arnaud)

Consider learning about José Mujica, former president of Uruguay, with these lesson plans before starting this unit to introduce the themes!

 El rebelde - a TPRS® story script that targets -AR imperfect verb conjugations; from The Comprehensible Classroom  Unit #9: -AR Imperfect regular verbs

Unit #10: -ER/-IR Imperfect regular verbs

  • Storytelling script: El chico ideal (unit plans to come soon)
  • -ER/-IR Imperfect regular verbs
El que se enoja pierde  Unit #11: El que se enoja, pierde legends unit

  • Targets preterite and imperfect tenses
  • Teaches a Mayan fable to students
  • Each lesson provided in two formats: independent and interactive
 Unit #12: Novel-based unit – El Nuevo Houdini
 Unit #13: Novel-based unit – Brandon Brown versus Yucatán

Click on image to access reading
Click on image to access reading
 Midterm Exam preparatory reading: ¡Ratones en casa!
Midterm Exam: Alma (film-based assessment)

Click on image to access assessment
Click on image to access assessment
 Final Exam Option 1: La leyenda del espantapájaros (film-based assessment)
 La_llorona_by_TsukiNoYume  Final Exam Option 2: La Llorona (reading-based assessment)

48 replies on “Spanish II Curriculum Map

    1. Is there Spanish II bundles available beyond 1-5? I was looking on TPT and didn’t see beyond unit 5. (hoping to make a big purchase soon and need to total up how much all of Spanish 1 and all of Spanish 2 would cost)


  1. I plan on using this curriculum map for my Spanish 2 this year. Yay! My class meets every day for 45 minutes. Would you say that this is enough for the year? I will do Problemas en Paraiso and La Maldicion de la Cabeza Reducida in addition to the units.


      1. Hi Martina, I am struggling with the transition into full TPRS in the classroom. I am struggling with the development of units due to the block scheduling that we are on. Our classes are 88 minutes long and we meet every other day. Any suggestions or words of wisdom. I teach both Spanish I and Spanish II, the textbook that I have is Descubre


      2. I also use Descubre-just adopted it this fall. I am trying to balance textbook and add TPRS whenever possible along with collaborating in a large dept. would love to hear how it is working for you


  2. I’ve noticed that there is still some imperfect tense use in your regular preterite materials, but you don;t introduce it until later. Do you just have students “deal with it” and explain later so you can focus on the preterite? Just wondering how this would work. Thanks!


  3. Hi Martina,
    Is this Spanish 2 curriculum complete? I notice that you have MUCH more for Spanish 1. Do you think what you have here is enough for a whole year? Thanks for all of your hard work! We appreciate it!


      1. Thanks, Martina! Do you anticipate having more from Spanish 2 available for us to buy on Teachers Pay Teachers soon? Also, I can’t remember if one of your novels is Piratas del Carible y el mapa secreto. Have you taught that one? If so, do you have any activities?


      2. Is that why the level 2 units are not bundled on TpT? I was looking on there and debating about purchasing your curriculum, but I can’t quite sort out what I need for the level 2.


      3. No, they are not bundled simply because I haven’t yet had the time to do so! There ARE still some missing units, but I would like to bundle at least the first few in order to make them easier to purchase.


  4. Hola Martina, quiero usar tus planes este año, yay !!!
    Quiero saber si enseñas Los Barkes Van a Peru antes de la Maldición de la cabeza reducida? y si crees que es necesario. De nuevo,Gusto de conocerte 🙂


    1. Hi Martina,

      I’m wondering if you’re going to be bulking up the Spanish 2 curriculum and bundling it soon? I know you’re a busy Mom (me too!), and have other priorities right now. Just curious as I’m starting to think about next year. Also, do you have any resources for Piratas del Caribe y el Mapa secreto (or know anyone who does? I’ve loved your Esperanza resources!) Thanks so much! Can’t wait to meet you in person in Chattanooga this summer!



  5. Como haces con los hispanohablantes? Perdona que haga muchas preguntas. De verdad deseo envolverme mas en este currículo. Me gusta mucho!


  6. Do you know of anyone who uses CI and incorporates the Descubre text book series? I am teaching high school and so far have been exclusively following your curriculum, but my colleagues are strict textbook followers. I would hate to see any of my students going to another teacher next year and struggling with the logistics of using a textbook despite being amazingly skilled (seriously, as a reformed textbook-user it sometimes feels like a sneaky magic trick how much Spanish they comprehend!)

    I would like some tips of incorporating Descubre specifically. Do you know of anyone who does this that I could possibly form a digital PLC?



    1. I don’t know of anyone offhand, so I’d recommend asking this question on the MoreTPRS Yahoo listserv or in the iFLT/NTPRS/CI teaching Facebook group! There must be SOMEONE out there!


  7. Do you have a story unit based around accident/hospital/past tenses? I love how you structure your units & have used several this year. With the final exam staring at me I see that I have not taught many of the vocab topics that I usually do. Since not all of your unit names convey the vocab involved, might you be able to tell me if any of your units deal with an accident & hospital? GRACIAS! – Shannon


  8. Did you spend the whole academic year on these 13 units. I am wanting to adopt your Somos curriculum for my Spanish 2 course mid-year, basically starting it when we return from winter break. Wondering where I should begin….we have worked on imperfect and ÏR in the preterite.


    1. I taught these units along with novel-based units (each one lasting 5-8 weeks) and cultural & holiday units 🙂 I would start at the beginning! The ‘review’ (although not in the traditional sense) will be super beneficial.


  9. Hi Martina, I am a first year teacher, native speaker. I am teaching Spanish II, III and IV. I am not using the text book, but planning on your curriculum for Spanish I and II. My question is, I was at the TPRS conference in Chattanooga and learned a lot, but I am so insecure right now that I can do a good job. Do I need to add anything else to the material you put together? I mean, should I be buying novels? I may have some money left on my budget for it, which one should I get? sorry if these are too many questions, but I will appreciate your help.


    1. Join the SOMOS Curriculum Collaboration group on Facebook and ask there!! For Level II you will definitely want at least one set of novels. If your kids haven’t been in a comprehension-methods based class, you might choose an easier one like one of the Brandon Browns (dit la verdad or quiere un perro) or Agentes secretos y el mural de Picasso. There are many different possibilities though; get the advice of the group members!


  10. I am a veteran teacher, but I am teaching Spanish for the first time. I teach elementary grades 1-6. I see students once per week for 50 minutes. I am searching for the right resources. Do you think SOMOS would work? Or could you please direct me in the right direction?

    I want to know more about TPRS and CI and want to make my limited time beneficial for students while not being overwhelmed planning all the different grade levels.

    Please help


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