SPANISH CURRICULUM BOOKS

First Year Teaching Spanish

"Teaching Spanish with Comprehensible Input Through Storytelling. First Year Spanish" is composed of unit plans for one school year of first year Spanish, including vocabulary and grammar structures. You will find the basic story that you will be teaching throughout each week (16 stories), its vocabulary, personalized questions to ask at the beginning of each class, and the vocabulary quizzes for each story. For the method to be effective, this book must be used along with "Learning Spanish with Comprehensible Input Through Storytelling. First Year Spanish." This is the Student's Book that brings the extended reading version for each of the stories, as well as comprehension questions. The extended reading is a longer version of the story, where 80% is comprehensible and 20% is new. The idea is that, based on context, students will use their prior knowledge to decode the words and ideas they don't know in the other 20% of the text. It is important to know that when using this book (along with the student's book) there is little to no prep at all. Everything is well outlined and explained. If you want to see TPRS in action and how to use the books please refer to my YouTube Channel: "Teaching Spanish with Comprehensible Input"

First Year Learning Spanish

"Learning Spanish with Comprehensible Input Through Storytelling. First Year Spanish. Student's Book" has 16 funny and catching stories that will help you learn and practice your Spanish. Each story has a set of comprehension questions that will help you deepening your understanding. This book should be used along with "Teaching Spanish with Comprehensible Input Through Storytelling. First Year Spanish. Teacher's Book", but it can also be used by itself, by those who want to improve their Spanish skills by reading stories specifically written for Spanish language learners. It is important to know that when using this book (along with the teacher's book) there is little to no prep at all. Everything is well outlined and explained. If you want to see TPRS in action and how to use the books please refer to my YouTube Channel: "Teaching Spanish with Comprehensible Input"

Second Year Teaching Spanish

"Teaching Spanish with Comprehensible Input Through Storytelling. Second Year Spanish" is composed of unit plans for one school year of second year Spanish, including vocabulary and grammar structures. You will find the basic story that you will be teaching throughout each week (15 stories), its vocabulary, personalized questions to ask at the beginning of each class, and the vocabulary quizzes for each story. For the method to be effective, this book must be used along with "Learning Spanish with Comprehensible Input Through Storytelling. Second Year Spanish." This is the Student's Book that brings the extended reading version for each of the stories, as well as comprehension questions. The extended reading is a longer version of the story, where 80% is comprehensible and 20% is new. The idea is that, based on context, students will use their prior knowledge to decode the words and ideas they don't know in the other 20% of the text. It is important to know that when using this book (along with the student's book) there is little to no prep at all. Everything is well outlined and explained. If you want to see TPRS in action and how to use the books please refer to my YouTube Channel: "Teaching Spanish with Comprehensible Input"

Second Year Learning Spanish

"Learning Spanish with Comprehensible Input Through Storytelling. Second Year Spanish. Student's Book" has 15 funny and catching stories that will help you learn and practice your Spanish. Each story has a set of comprehension questions that will help you deepening your understanding. This book should be used along with "Teaching Spanish with Comprehensible Input Through Storytelling. Second Year Spanish. Teacher's Book", but it can also be used by itself, by those who want to improve their Spanish skills by reading stories specifically written for Spanish language learners. It is important to know that when using this book (along with the teacher's book) there is little to no prep at all. Everything is well outlined and explained. If you want to see TPRS in action and how to use the books please refer to my YouTube Channel: "Teaching Spanish with Comprehensible Input"

Third Year Teaching Spanish

"Teaching Spanish with Comprehensible Input Through Storytelling. Third Year Spanish" is composed of unit plans for one school year of third/four year Spanish, including vocabulary and grammar structures. The stories work the following grammar: commands (both formal and informal), both past tenses, subjunctive, both future tenses and the perfect tense. You will find the basic story that you will be teaching throughout each week (14 stories), its vocabulary, personalized questions to ask at the beginning of each class, and the vocabulary quizzes for each story. For the method to be effective, this book must be used along with "Learning Spanish with Comprehensible Input Through Storytelling. Third Year Spanish." This is the Student's Book that brings the extended reading version for each of the stories, as well as comprehension questions. The extended reading is a longer version of the story, where 90% is comprehensible and 10% is new. The idea is that, based on context, students will use their prior knowledge to decode the words and ideas they don't know in the other 10% of the text. It is important to know that when using this book (along with the student's book) there is little to no prep at all. Everything is well outlined and explained. If you want to see TPRS in action and how to use the books please refer to my YouTube Channel: "Teaching Spanish with Comprehensible Input"

Third Year Learning Spanish

"Learning Spanish with Comprehensible Input Through Storytelling. Third Year Spanish. Student's Book" has 14 funny and catching stories that will help you learn and practice your Spanish. Each story has a set of comprehension questions that will help you deepening your understanding. The stories work the following grammar: commands (both formal and informal), both past tenses, subjunctive, both future tenses and the perfect tense. This book should be used along with "Teaching Spanish with Comprehensible Input Through Storytelling. Third Year Spanish. Teacher's Book", but it can also be used by itself, by those who want to improve their Spanish skills by reading stories specifically written for Spanish language learners. It is important to know that when using this book (along with the teacher's book) there is little to no prep at all. Everything is well outlined and explained. If you want to see TPRS in action and how to use the books please refer to my YouTube Channel: "Teaching Spanish with Comprehensible Input"

French Curriculum Books

First Year Teaching French

"Teaching French with Comprehensible Input Through Storytelling. First Year French" is composed of unit plans for one school year of first year French, including vocabulary and grammar structures. You will find the basic story that you will be teaching throughout each week (16 stories), its vocabulary, personalized questions to ask at the beginning of each class, and the vocabulary quizzes for each story. For the method to be effective, this book must be used along with "Learning French with Comprehensible Input Through Storytelling. First Year French." This is the Student's Book that brings the extended reading version for each of the stories, as well as comprehension questions. The extended reading is a longer version of the story, where 90% is comprehensible and 10% is new. The idea is that, based on context, students will use their prior knowledge to decode the words and ideas they don't know in the other 10% of the text. It is important to know that when using this book (along with the student's book) there is little to no prep at all. Everything is well outlined and explained. If you want to see TPRS in action and how to use the books please refer to my YouTube Channel: "Teaching Spanish with Comprehensible Input"

First Year Learning French

"Learning French with Comprehensible Input Through Storytelling. First Year French. Student's Book" has 16 funny and catching stories that will help you learn and practice your French. Each story has a set of comprehension questions that will help you deepening your understanding. This book should be used along with "Teaching French with Comprehensible Input Through Storytelling. First Year French. Teacher's Book", but it can also be used by itself, by those who want to improve their French skills by reading stories specifically written for French language learners. It is important to know that when using this book (along with the teacher's book) there is little to no prep at all. Everything is well outlined and explained. If you want to see TPRS in action and how to use the books please refer to my YouTube Channel: "Teaching Spanish with Comprehensible Input

Second Year Teaching French

"Teaching French with Comprehensible Input Through Storytelling. Second Year French. Teacher's Book" is composed of unit plans for one school year of second year French, including vocabulary and grammar structures. You will find the basic story that you will be teaching throughout each week (15 stories), its vocabulary, personalized questions to ask at the beginning of each class, and the vocabulary quizzes for each story. For the method to be effective, this book must be used along with "Learning French with Comprehensible Input Through Storytelling. Second Year French. Student's Book" This is the Student's Book that brings the extended reading version for each of the stories, as well as comprehension questions. The extended reading is a longer version of the story, where 90% is comprehensible and 10% is new. The idea is that, based on context, students will use their prior knowledge to decode the words and ideas they don't know in the other 10% of the text. It is important to know that when using this book (along with the student's book) there is little to no prep at all. Everything is well outlined and explained. If you want to see TPRS in action and how to use the books please refer to my YouTube Channel: "Teaching Spanish with Comprehensible Input"

Second Year Learning French

"Learning French with Comprehensible Input Through Storytelling. Second Year French. Student's Book" has 15 funny and catching stories that will help you learn and practice your French. Each story has a set of comprehension questions that will help you deepening your understanding. This book should be used along with "Teaching French with Comprehensible Input Through Storytelling. Second Year French. Teacher's Book", but it can also be used by itself, by those who want to improve their French skills by reading stories specifically written for French language learners. It is important to know that when using this book (along with the teacher's book) there is little to no prep at all. Everything is well outlined and explained. If you want to see TPRS in action and how to use the books please refer to my YouTube Channel: "Teaching Spanish with Comprehensible Input"

THIRD Year Teaching French

"Teaching French with Comprehensible Input Through Storytelling. Third Year French. Teacher's Book" is composed of unit plans based on stories, for one school year of third year French, including vocabulary and grammar structures. You will find the basic story that you will be teaching throughout each week (14 stories), its vocabulary, personalized questions to ask at the beginning of each class, and the vocabulary quizzes for each story. For the method to be effective, this book must be used along with "Learning French with Comprehensible Input Through Storytelling. Third Year French. Student's Book" This is the Student's Book that brings the extended reading version (1+) for each of the stories, as well as comprehension questions. The extended reading is a longer version of the story, where 90% is comprehensible and 10% is new. The idea is that, based on context, students will use their prior knowledge to decode the words and ideas they don't know in the other 10% of the text. It is important to know that when using this book (along with the student's book) there is little to no prep at all. Everything is well outlined and explained. If you want to see TPRS in action and how to use the books please refer to my YouTube Channel: "Teaching Spanish with Comprehensible Input - Adriana Ramirez"

THIRD Year LEARNING French

"Learning French with Comprehensible Input Through Storytelling. Third Year French. Student's Book" has 14 funny and catching stories that will help you learn and practice your French. Each story has a set of comprehension questions that will help you deepening your understanding. This book should be used along with "Teaching French with Comprehensible Input Through Storytelling. Third Year French. Teacher's Book", but it can also be used by itself, by those who want to improve their French skills by reading stories specifically written for French language learners. It is important to know that when using this book (along with the teacher's book) there is little to no prep at all. Everything is well outlined and explained. If you want to see TPRS in action and how to use the books please refer to my YouTube Channel: "Teaching Spanish with Comprehensible Input - Adriana Ramirez"

MY NOVELS

Julio 

He has been a strong voice and an amazing role model for all LGBTQ kids in my school. He has taught me so much and has made me a better person and a better teacher. Now that he will be gone off to university, his story will stay behind, to be read and shared with other students, so he keeps giving a voice to those that have not found theirs yet. I wrote a book in his honor and inspired by him. The book is named after him. It is written for second year Spanish students, so it can reach more people. It is emotional, beautiful and funny.

I cried a lot when writing the last chapter because it was my way of saying goodbye to him, my way of saying that I am going to miss him, my way of saying how much I admire him and how grateful I am that I got to be his teacher. ❤️🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈❤️

Este libro está inspirado en un estudiante muy especial: JULIO. Nuestros estudiantes nos enseñan muchas cosas. Nosotros, los maestros, estamos en la escuela para enseñarles, pero son ellos los que, la mayoría de las veces, nos enseñan las lecciones más importantes a nosotros. Esta es una historia corta, divertida y fácil de leer, donde el lector entrará en el mundo de Julio. Cada capítulo habla de un evento diferente de Julio, durante su vida en la escuela. Es un libro que nos acerca a la realidad de los adolescentes gay, dándonos una perspectiva diferente.

El Cóndor de los Andes 

Itis an engaging and inspiring story written for Spanish 4 students. It is the perfect novel to read with your level 3-4 classes, AP Spanish classes as well as IB Spanish classes. It is based on real events, which makes it very appealing, but it’s intertwined in a very compelling story that will touch your heart. It has a lot of cultural components, and since it tackles a relevant and current topic, you can find a lot of authentic support materials online (songs, news report, videos), that you could use along with the book. It has a glossary organized by chapters, which helps students find the words easier.

Synopsis: “Muchas veces las cosas difíciles de la vida son las que nos ayudan a salir adelante. Esta es una historia inspiradora, basada en hechos reales, de un ciclista colombiano que llegó muy lejos, a pesar de las muchas dificultades que tuvo que enfrentar en el camino”.

Le trésor (French edition)

It is a very compelling story written for third year French students. It takes place in the south of France, in a town well known for its treasures and mysteries: Rennes-le-Château. The story of Blanche (main character) and her dog, takes its inspiration from the locations and stories of this village. It has a glossary on the back of the book, organized by chapters, which facilitates the reading.

Synopsis: « Blanche Dupont est une jeune conservatrice de musée qui vient de louer une vieille maison dans un petit village français. Elle se rend vite compte qu’elle n’est pas la seule à vivre dans la maison. Elle commence à sentir la présence d’une personne dans la maison, et elle a la sensation d’être constamment surveillée. Combien de temps pourra-t-elle vivre dans la maison? Va-t-elle fuir la maison aussi rapidement que tous ceux qui y ont demeuré avant elle? »

JULIO (French Edition)

This book is inspired by a very special student: JULIO. Our job as teachers is teaching our students, but the majority of the time they are the ones who end up teaching us the most valuable lessons in life. This is a short, funny and easy story to read. Each chapter is about a different event in Julio´s high school life. This book helps us understanding a bit more the reality of gay teenagers, giving us a different perspective.

Me perdí en Medellín

Muchos libros culturales están enfocados en lugares turísticos famosos, esos que salen en las revistas, periódicos y canales de YouTube, y a los que todo el mundo va. Pero pocos son los que hablan de los valores culturales, de las costumbres y de la forma de ser de los habitantes del lugar. Y son estas formas de ser, estas costumbres y estos valores los que impactan a los que vienen de afuera. Son estos los que hacen que la gente quiera volver. Medellín tiene lugares turísticos muy reconocidos, sin embargo, lo que más llama la atención de los visitantes no son estos lugares sino su gente. Este es el espíritu del libro, mostrar la calidad humana de los colombianos, y en este caso específico, de los habitantes de Medellín: los paisas.

    Es posible soñar

Los grafitis, como una forma de arte urbano, y el turismo responsable, son los temas alrededor de los cuales gira esta historia inspiradora. Carlos nació y creció en la Comuna 13, un barrio de la ciudad de Medellín. Este barrio, a pesar de tener un pasado violento, se reinventó a través del arte, volviéndose un lugar turístico muy visitado por locales y extranjeros. En esta historia vemos como siempre tenemos la posibilidad de reescribir nuestra vida, y lo que alguna vez nos definió, no tiene que ser lo que nos defina para siempre.

En el libro se usa el VOSEO, que es como hablamos en la ciudad de Medellín. En la gramática del español el voseo es el uso del VOS como pronombre en la segunda persona del singular. Este pronombre requiere una conjugación especial en los verbos. Muchas regiones de Latino América y de Colombia usan el vos en vez del tú. Su alterno es el uso del pronombre TÚ, a lo que se le conoce como tuteo. Países donde usan el voseo: Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay, regiones de Bolivia, regiones de Colombia, regiones de Venezuela, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Honduras, Guatemala, y Costa Rica, entre otros.

El Entierro 

Ghosts are part of our oral tradition. Some people say that if you are Latino you, or someone that you know has seen or experienced a ghost event. When we gather with our friends and cousins, we love to tell ghosts stories that we have heard about. We believe in them and we feel them. This story is inspired in all the stories I heard growing up in Colombia (and the ghosts I saw). It has a lot of “real” elements that to some, they might seem fiction. This is a very compelling story written for third year Spanish students. It has a glossary organized by chapters at the end.

Synopsis: "Amalia Mosquera es una joven enfermera que acaba de alquilar una casa vieja en el pueblo. Rápidamente se da cuenta que ella no es la única que vive en la casa. Hay alguien más, que la sigue a todos lados y no la deja en paz. ¿Podrá ella vivir en esa casa por mucho tiempo? O ¿Se cansará y se irá rápido, como lo han hecho todos los que han vivido antes allí?

El Camino del Café

It is an engaging and inspiring story written for Spanish 4 students. It is the perfect novel to read with your level 4 classes, AP and IB Spanish classes. It will take you around the world, showing you the journey coffee beans took before they arrived to this beautiful land, where they could finally reach their perfect state. By the end of the novel, your knowledge about coffee and your way of appreciating it will definitely change. This novel has a lot of cultural components that will bring students closer to the coffee culture in Colombia. It has a glossary, alphabetically organized, including common expressions that are part of our day to day language.

Synopsis: “Por décadas, el café de Colombia ha sido reconocido a nivel mundial como el mejor y el más suave. Según los expertos, sus granos tienen los atributos perfectos. Pero, ¿de dónde es originario el café y cómo llegó a Colombia? Esta es una historia maravillosa, que llevará al lector por una aventura alrededor del mundo, mostrándole el camino del café.”

RIGO

Why did I write this book? From the Spanish teacher perspective: As an IB Spanish teacher I saw the need to expose my students, during their FVR time, to level 4 books that have a big emphasis on first person. As part of the course they are required to learn how to write on different formats (blogs, articles, opinion columns, formal letters, speeches, interviews). Most of these formats have a strong emphasis on first person, requiring from them very personal and deep analysis. As we all know, the more we read, the better writers we become. And that is the purpose of this book, to immerse them in a very deep account in which they feel they are directly talking to the main character, learning from his experiences, and analyzing life along him. From the cultural perspective: As you all know, my country, Colombia, has gone through very rough periods throughout its history. But something that really amazes me is that we never lose hope. We find happiness in small things, we appreciate life (even if it is not the way we want it to be) and we are very resilient. No matter how many times we fall, we always find a reason to get back up on our feet and keep fighting for our dreams. Through this story I want to share that part of our spirit: we have learned to enjoy the journey (the day to day), because we understand that happiness is not something that comes at the end but that we chose to find it along the way. Colombia es un país con una topografía muy variada, pero más de medio país está en zona montañosa. En muchos lugares del país el transporte es escaso, lo que volvió a la bicicleta un medio de movilizarse muy popular, ya que es rápida y económica. La bicicleta, como medio de transporte, es especialmente popular en las montañas, de donde son la mayoría de los “escarabajos”: los ciclistas colombianos profesionales, especialistas en escalar montañas.Los “escarabajos” nacen y crecen en montañas con alturas superiores a los dos mil metros sobre el nivel del mar (dónde los niveles de oxígeno son menores, y el cuerpo se acostumbra a gestionar el oxígeno de una manera más eficiente). Desde pequeños desarrollan la habilidad para escalar de manera natural. Para ellos escalar es parte de su vida. Este libro está inspirado en un ciclista colombiano: RIGO – Un hombre que encarna la resiliencia que hace parte del ser colombiano. No importa cuántas veces nos caigamos, lo que importa es que siempre nos volvamos a parar. “…ganar es algo que es diferente para cada persona. No siempre llegar de primero es ganar. Para muchos llegar, aunque sea de últimos, ya es un triunfo muy importante. No podemos juzgar el libro por la portada, ni a una persona por un premio (o la falta de este). Cada uno de nosotros está corriendo su propia carrera, y las circunstancias de cada vida específica, hacen que el camino que cada persona tiene que recorrer sea diferente”.

Un nuevo amanecer

Esta historia está inspirada en hechos reales de la comunidad Muisca, que actualmente habita en los departamentos de Cundinamarca y Boyacá, en Colombia. A través de esta se pretende mostrar una versión más real y auténtica sobre la leyenda de El Dorado, y también ayudar a tomar conciencia de algunos de los abusos y atropellos que vivieron nuestras comunidades indígenas, a partir de la llegada de los españoles. 

Este es un libro diferente, que busca llevar al lector por un camino interno de autorreflexión y cuestionamiento. Lo que importa en este libro no es tanto el final, sino el proceso. Es dejarse llevar por la sabiduría de las historias, por aprender de nuestro pasado, y por entender que la única forma de tener un futuro viable es cuestionando el presente.

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