December 22, 2011

December 19, 2011

Tarea para 20/12

Write two sentences about things that have happened to you (or make it up) with technology. Each sentence must include both a preterite and imperfect verb. Use imperfect to describe what was going on when something specific happened (preterite). Join the two clauses in the sentence with y, cuando, mientras, etc.

Mi madre hablaba por teléfono cuando sonó mi móbil.
Mientras yo hacía mi tarea en la computatora, no pude quardar mi archivo de Word.

The verbs are underlined. Remember pude? It is poder in the irregular.

December 15, 2011

Tarea para 16/12 (opcional) - Workbook - Chapter 6

  • Vocabulary 2 - Activities A & B
  • Grammar 1 - Activities A & B
Also, review the activities below that we did today, if you had any difficulties.

Actividades para hoy

December 14, 2011

Tarea para 15/12 (opcional) - Workbook - Chapter 6 - Vocabulary 1 - Activities A, B & C


December 12, 2011

Tarea para 13/12

Reflect back on your childhood. Write a paragraph describing what you, your family and friends used to do when you were a kid (elementary school-aged). What was your routine?

December 9, 2011

Tarea para 12/12

Conjugate the following verbs into the six forms (yo, tú, etc.).
  • caminar
  • comer
  • dormir
  • tener
  • estar
  • ir

The Imperfect Tense

This is pretty much it in an nut shell. (Link fixed)

December 8, 2011

Tarea para 9/12 - Workbook - Chapter 5
  • Vocabulary 1 - Activities A & B
  • Vocabulary 2 - Activities A & B

Performance Assessment on Chapters 5 & 6

Due on December 23, 2011

Performance Assessment
Title: Problemas Técnicas
Type: oral and written
Format: video with script
Assessment: oral rubric and writing rubric are worth 50% each
Performance Goal: demonstrate that you can have a telephone conversation about various technical problems that you are having
Vocabulary: technology and telephone conversations
Grammar: use of the preterite and imperfect together
Situation: You are trying to get your homework done, keep up with your friends online and via text, etc., however you are having a nightmare of a day with technology. Everything seems to be going wrong. You cannot accomplish your homework done, chat with friends, etc. So you call one of your friends on the only working phone you can find and you proceed to explain your woes. To your surprise your friend is having similar problems with technology. You each share your stories and cheer each other up.
  1. Partner up
  2. Write a phone conversation per the above situation
  3. Include a minimum of 6 questions total
  4. Each partner must use a minimum of 3 preterite & 3 imperfect verbs
  5. Each partner must say at least 2 sentences with include both a preterite and imperfect verb
  6. You dialogue must include at least 6 new vocab words from chapter 6
  7. Write a final draft of your conversation
  8. Record a video of you phone conversations
  9. Submit both the script and video

December 7, 2011

Preterite Review Guides

There is a great summary of the preterite tense here. Also, you always have my guide. Keep reviewing.

December 6, 2011

Tarea para 7/12

Do one of these two DO activities and print it out, or do the one on page two of the DO packet from yesterday, as I said in class. This HW is optional and considered a makeup if you have missed one previously.
Your "mandatory" homework is to read carefully and think about the object pronoun grammar summaries that I gave you at the end of class. We'll have a "quiz" on object pronouns tomorrow.

December 5, 2011

Tarea para 6/12

Complete the last two pages of the direct object packet that I gave you today. You could print out the online version as well if you like, and then complete and bring it in tomorrow. Remember to ask yourself, are we talking about "to/for whom" or "who/what" is receiving the action? The former is the le/les and the latter is the lo/la/los/las.

December 2, 2011

Performance Assessment Due Monday

Write a lengthy paragraph, 1/2 to 1 page, which describes what happened in the role plays yesterday. You must use traer, pedir and servir (in the preterite, of course) at least 2 times each. Each time you use traer or servir you must use an indirect object pronoun, such as le, les, me or nos. Be prepared to turn it in at the beginning of class. Your writing will be scored with this rubric.

November 29, 2011


¿Quién ganó el partido de fútbol norteamericano esta noche?

November 22, 2011

Miercoles y tarea para 28/11

During class on Wednesday, you'll complete the verb categorization chart and turn it in. Then you'll need to complete the entire big indirect object packet. It really isn't that bad. Finally, you be getting a packet to review the use of traer, pedir and servir in the preterite. So turn in the chart on Wednesday and turn in the IO and traer/pedir/servir packet on Monday after break. If you work hard you should be able to get pretty much all of it done in class on Wednesday.

November 21, 2011

Tarea para 22/11

Complete both sides of the preterite verb table, but skip TRAER. Use your preterite verb packet or the Internet to check your work.

Class Work (skip part A)

November 19, 2011

Link Repost

The second activity for your homework below seems to have a bad link. Try this one.

November 18, 2011

¡Que se diviertan el fin de semana!

Esta semana fue divertida, ¿verdad? Necesito bajar el peso después de comer tanta comida :) Hasta la proxima semana.

What Gets Lost in Translation?

Here is the podcast we started to listen to about language, culture and translation. What happens when things get lost in translation?

Tarea para 21/11

Practice stem-changing verbs in the preterite. Remember none of the -AR and -ER verbs change stems in the preterite: only -IR verbs do. There are two types of stem-changes with -IR preterite verbs: e to i and o to u and only the Ud and Uds forms change. Do parts A and B on

Also, do this additional verb conjugation drill. Only one of these verbs is stem-changing, the rest are irregulars that we have previously studied.

Do up to and through "Quiz 40" in the indirect object pronoun packet that we started today.

!Que les vaya bien!

November 17, 2011

TED Speech by Sir Ken Robinson

Ken Robinson says schools kill creativity. He poses some interesting questions. This speech has been viewed over 7.5 million times, and not on YouTube. What is your inner creative talent? Don't loose it!

SMART de 16/11

These are our notes from class from yesterday on conjugating the preterite forms of stem-changing verbs.

November 16, 2011

Tarea para 17/11 - Workbook - Chapter 4 - Workbook - Grammar 2 - Activities A, B, and E

November 15, 2011

Message to AP Bio students

There is no homework tonight. However, you need to be able to write a dialogue between a waiter and a couple of clients first thing tomorrow in class. Look over your notes, hw, etc. from this unit so you are prepared for tomorrow.

November 14, 2011

SMART de hoy

These are the notes from the new ordering vocabulary that were on the SMART Board today.

Tarea para 15/11

Complete the short worksheet on the back of the vocabulary list I gave you today.

November 10, 2011

Tarea para 14/11 - Workbook - Chapter 4 - Workbook - Grammar 1 - Activities A, B, and C

Food Presentations for Week of November 14

On the night before your presentation, prepare your dish. Include the following in your presentation. You may use notes, but don't read the whole thing.
· name of dish
· country of origin
· ingredients
· steps you took to prepare it
· something interesting about what happened

Example of your presentation:
Mi plato es....
Es de....
Los ingridientes son.....
Primero yo.....

This is the rubric being used to evaluate your oral presentation. Remember you are not assessed on the food, rather the quality of you oral presentation. Your presentation will be recorded.


Block 2
Monday - Jenni, Sarah, Brenna, Jannke
Tuesday - Majesta, Stormie, Mandy
Wednesday - Julia, Fran, Allison
Thursday - Matt, Rashan, Tijo, Ashley
Friday - Jeremy, David, Asia

Monday - Hailey, Elizabeth, Mateo, Taylor
Tuesday - Emilies, Steven
Wednesday - Nicks, Patrick, Quinton
Thursday - Sean, Alex, Michela, Brianna
Friday - Rachel, Joe, Eric, Tess

November 7, 2011

Tarea para 9/11

Select and bring in a receipt from a region where Spanish is spoken. It can be in English or Spanish. I recommend Spanish, as your final presentation will be in Spanish. Here are some places to start your search:

November 3, 2011

Tarea para 4/11

Write a sentence or two which says what you ate for dinner last night (anoche).

Review food vocab flashcards by going to and entering Quick Pass code ASD7837c4. Practice the vocab one flash cards for chapter 4.

Look over these two new vocab lists of foods. How many do you know already?

November 1, 2011

¡Feliz día de los muertos!

¡Celebremos mañana!

October 31, 2011

Performance Assessment on November 1

Tomorrow's performance assessment will cover three units. From chapter 2 you'll be responsible for demonstrating that you can conjugate reflexive verbs. From our mini-unit on preterite verbs, you will be responsible for demonstrating that you can conjugate regular preterite verbs. From chapter 3 you will be responsible for demonstrating your understanding of all of the train vocabulary as well as conjugating the 10 irregular verbs that we have been studying.

I will start a story for you in which a group of people take a trip on a train. You will need to finish the story using the past tense, train vocab, and reflexive, regular and irregular verbs.

Use the following resources to study:

October 28, 2011

Tarea para 31/10

Practice conjugating irregular verbs. Careful, one of them in this list is actually regular.

comprar, decir, estar, hacer, poder, poner, querer, saber, tener, venir

October 27, 2011

Tarea para 28/10 - Workbook - Chapter 3 - Workbook

  • Vocabulary 2 - Activities A, B, C and D
  • Grammar 1 - Activity A

October 26, 2011

Tarea para 27/10

Read article on the Day of the Dead

October 25, 2011


Black with white stripes or white with black stripes?

Tarea 2 para 26/10

Your second homework assignment is to read all the answers to the Gods Must be Crazy survey. Highlight 5 phrases, sentences, points, comments, etc. that you think are most profound. Profound means deeply meaningfully or thought provoking.

Tarea para 26/10 - Workbook - Chapter 3 - Workbook - Vocabulary 1 - Activities A, B, C and D

Plan for Last Week of the Quarter

The first quarter ends next Wednesday. We have a lot to rap up before then. We will be finishing up our discussions of the GMBC, learning about the Day of the Dead, and completing chapter 3 in the book.

Tuesday - Intro to new vocab on trains
Wednesday - Vocab review and intro to Day of Dead
Thursday - Intro to new grammar (irregular preterite verbs)
Friday - Verb practice and planning for Day of Dead celebration
Monday - Review for assessment
Tuesday - Chapter 3 performance assessment
Wednesday - Day of Dead celebration

October 24, 2011

Sugar Sculls with Spanish Club

The next Activity Day is Wed. Nov. 2nd. Spanish Club will be decorating sugar skulls to commemorate El Día de los Muertos. Skulls will be pre-made (by Mrs. Anderson) and icing and other decorations will be provided. All the students need to bring is a true interest in the activity and some creativity. Sign up in 205 with Mrs. Anderson. First come first served.

Assessment on Language, Culture and Perception

October 21, 2011

Tarea para 21/10

Write a paragraph about what you did today (hoy) using the past tense. This was assigned for homework on the day I was out, Thursday, to be due today, Friday, however you may turn it in on Monday. Have a nice weekend. Hasta luego.

October 17, 2011

Follow-up on Today's Discussion

Read this article from the Wall Street Journal as a follow up to our discussion on languages and culture today. Hasta mañana.

October 14, 2011

Daily Routine

Write a paragraph which describes your morning and evening routines.

Minimum requirements

  • 5 sentences
  • 4 different reflexive verbs
  • 4 different new vocabulary words from chapter 2

October 13, 2011

Mini-Assessment Friday 14/10

Describe your daily routine during the week, excluding your time in school, one paragraph in length.

October 12, 2011

Tarea para 13/10

Write a paragraph describing your morning and evening routines. Use as many reflexive verbs as possible. Email it to me if you like, Start with "Por la mañana..."

Lesson 12/10

  • Review HW
  • Favor de...
  • Whiteboard review
  • Pictionary
  • Oral practice
  • Mini-assessment Friday
  • Major assessment due next week

October 11, 2011

Tarea para 12/10 - capítulo 2 - workbook - gramática 1 - actividades F and H

For activity H, be sure to leave sentences without a reflexive pronoun, if none is needed.

Reflexive Practice Update

October 6, 2011

Tarea para 7/10 - capítulo 2 - workbook - gramática 1 - actividades A, B, C, D y E

Simon dice

October 4, 2011

Classwork for 4/10 and/or homework for 5/10 - Workbook - Chapter 2 - Workbook

Vocabulary 1 - Activities A, B, C and D
Vocabulary 2 - Activities A and D

September 28, 2011

Review for Assessment

Logon to, click on the eBook (not the workbook), click on Capítulo 1, then click on Prepárate para el examen, do exercises 1-5. If you are having trouble, click on Repaso del Capítulo 1 just below and look over the grammar and vocab examples. Remember, the assessment has been moved to Friday and Monday.

September 27, 2011

Chapter One Performance Assessment

Thursday and Friday, in class, no notes. Study all vocab from chapter, especially verbs. Be prepared to use the present progressive tense along with yo go verbs like venir, salir, etc.

September 26, 2011

Tarea para 27/9 - Workbook - Chapter 1 - Workbook - Grammar 2 - Activities A, B & C

September 23, 2011

Tarea para 26/9 - Workbook - Chapter 1 - Workbook - Vocabulary 2 - Activities A, B & C

September 22, 2011

Tarea para 23/9 - Workbook - Chapter 1 - Audio Activities - Vocabulary 1 - Activity C

note: be sure to submit your answers to receive credit

September 21, 2011

Tarea para 22/9

Flash card practice at Practice Vocabulary 1 flash cards HERE. Be sure to select "View Definitions" so you can create the Spanish. Practice pronouncing each phrase by using the audio icon at the top right like we did in class today.

September 20, 2011

Tarea para mañana, 21/9

Due Tomorrow: Go to and login. Click on your Workbook. Click on Chapter One and then Workbook again. Complete the Chapter 1, Vocabulary 1, Activities A-D.

The New Theory of Learning

Read this article for thoughts on learning Spanish by speaking Spanish.

September 19, 2011

Try an eGame for Extra Practice

Try these eGames for extra practice with these topics:
  1. Ser vs. Estar
  2. Saber vs. Conocer

September 16, 2011

Tarea de repaso

Complete the following by class time on Monday, 9/19/11.

Go to and login. Click on your Workbook. Click on Repaso and then Workbook again. Complete the following actvities.
  • Repaso B, Gramática 1, Act. A
  • Repaso B, Gramática 1, Act. B
  • Repaso B, Gramática 1, Act. C
  • Repaso C, Gramática 1, Act. A
  • Repaso C, Gramática 1, Act. B
  • Repaso E, Gramática 1, Act. C

September 9, 2011

Message for Spanish II Level I

Look over to the left at my Tweets. I post there often. I just posted the verb review guide that I was showing on the board today. I fixed the formatting errors in it. It is pretty useful if you are rusty with verb conjugations. Check it out. You need to have all these verbs down by the middle of next week so we can move on.

Present Tense Vosotros

All verbs in conjugated in the vosotros form have accents like this:
-ar goes to  -áis
-er goes to  -éis
-ir goes to  -ís
(So the type of verb indicates which letter has the accent.)

Except, one syllable words don't have accents.
ser goes to sois
ver goes to veis
dar goes to dais
ir goes to vais

September 7, 2011

First "Small Assessment"

La Vuelta a España

Due: Monday, September 12

Task: Turn in a single piece of paper which describes one of the riders in this year's Vuelta a España.

Background: The Vuelta (Tour of Spain) is one of the three biggest stage races in professional cycling, one of the "grand tours," and it ends on Sunday. You are encouraged to watch parts of it over the weekend and we'll watch what we can in class. Use as your initial source for links to watch the race. Each day the stage starts airing at approximately 10:00 am and ends at at about 11:30 am. You can watch it in English (better for learning about the sport) or Spanish (obviously, better for your Spanish acquisition). Remember, cycling is a very popular sport in Europe, especially Spain.


Go to and learn as much as you can about the Vuelta. Look at the list of riders on the right side of the page. Choose a rider to investigate. Google the riders name and/or team. From there you should be able to learn some basic information about the rider. If you are having trouble, try another rider. Include the following information about the rider.
  • Name
  • Team
  • Origin (where he is from)
  • Age
  • A photo of the rider
You must write this information in complete sentences. Remember, Sr. Jannke always expects you to go above and beyond. Your grade will be based on completion, accuracy and effort, each weighted equally.

June 15, 2011

June 9, 2011

Mas practica con verbos

First practice the new verbs we learned until you get sick of it

Then, go to each of these pages. Read the explanation of how to conjugate the verbs. Though some of the verbs are new to you the rules on how to conjugate them should be familiar to you. After reading about the verbs create your own quiz and practice (you can skip vosotros if you like).

June 7, 2011

Archivos de SMART - capítulo 6

Achivo de SMART para capítulo 6 (pdf)

March 18, 2011

Invisible Children Congo Tour

Check out what is coming to LHS this spring!
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