First of all a shout out to a new Twitter buddy @srtabarragan, who brought The Creative Language Class blog to my attention with this post on using The Hunger Games in Spanish class. I wanted to grab some of that Hunger Game energy and use it in my Monday lesson on the subjunctive.
First I showed them the poster linked in the Creative Language Class blog and had them work with a partner answering questions about what they saw. If you use Realidades 2, this is a great time to recycle vocabulary from lesson 6A & 6B.
We then saw the trailer in Spanish. I was surprised to find out how many kids didn't realize how dubbing a movie into another language worked. The actors spoke much too quickly for my Spanish 3 students to understand, but it was a good time to have them practice using context clues to help them comprehend. It's also a good example of language usage at a authentic pace.
I asked my students to write a sentence using the subjunctive to recommend, suggest, insist, etc from either one of the character's point of view to another character in the movie, or from my student to a character or Ms Collins. (You can find an edited list of what they came up with in the PDF at the bottom of the post.)Even the students who had not read/seen the movie were able to come up with something.
Tomorrow we are doing a quick warm up to review subjunctive conjugation with a partner activity based on the sentences they came up. (Also below) The student will first write out their answer & then go over the answers with their partner who will have the "answer key". They will need to help each other out to understand any mistakes they made.
I hope you can use some of these materials or lesson plan ideas in your class too!