Learning activity resources

I will gradually make many of the resources you read about on the blog available here.  Many will be free, and some will have a small download fee to help offset the costs of my website and time.  You’ll get access to great resources for free, or for less than a couple of mochas!
IMPORTANT INFORMATION: Purchases include a license to reproduce the resource for all of your students for as long as you are teaching.  Not transferable after use.  Respect copyright law.
After purchase you will immediately receive a download link in your email. If you do not receive the email immediately, or if the link expires before you get a chance to use it, please contact me to receive a new download link.
Many of these products are also available on my Teachers Pay Teachers store (but you’ll get them cheaper here!).

2015 Performance Assessment Rubric

For an extensive explanation of my rubric update and important credits to all the great minds that made it happen, see this post. Download the rubric PDF here or contact me for a .docx file for you to edit.
Credits: Thanks to Amy LenordColleen Lee-HayesBethanie Carlson-DrewMartina Bex; wording from ACTFL performance descriptorsCan Do statements, and proficiency guidelines; the old Jefferson County (KY) performance assessment rubric; and the Ohio rubrics; thanks to Natalia Delaat, Thomas SauerSarah Bolaños, and Jacob Shively for extensive feedback; thanks to Melanie Stilson for the push I needed to get working on this project. Thanks to Camp Musicuentos participants for all their suggestions.

Reference handouts

Three pages including 1) summary of present tense, 2) summary of sudden past (preterite), 3) summary of descriptive past (imperfect) with list of common uses.
Before using this, please read my blog post “How I use verb charts.”

  • Complete verb pack – $5.95

Eight pages including 1) summary of present tense, 2) summary of sudden past (preterite) including irregulars; 3) summary of descriptive past (imperfect) including irregulars and uses; 4) Future and Conditional tenses with irregular stems used for both; 5) Commands, informal and formal, negative and positive, with notes about pronoun usage, and irregulars; 6) Crazy verb switch (subjunctive), with how to form both present and past, and summary of uses with examples in Spanish (yes! the whole subjunctive tense on ONE PAGE!); 7) “HappenING” verbs (the progressive), with irregulars; 8) “-ado/-ido” words (uses of the participio), with irregulars, and descriptions and examples in Spanish of all four uses of the past participle.
This resource is meant as a tool to aid students with measurable proficiency in refining their accuracy.  It is ideal for AP and IB courses, advanced grammar courses, and literature and other courses requiring a lot of writing.  Again, before using, please read “How I use verb charts.”
The price includes a license for you to reproduce the file for as many students as you teach for as long as you teach.  One license per teacher; not transferable after use.  Respect copyright law.
Eight beautifully visualized charts for just a little more than a peppermint mocha. Get immediate access and buy now:

This is a great resource and very useful!
–Cynthia

Activity resources

A handout to help students practice interpersonal, informal writing as if they were on Twitter.  See the blog post about how I use it here.

A battleship-type game designed to get students practicing (not “learning”) accurate pairings of es and está.  I hope to use the same format to develop more battleship games – if your students like it as much as mine did!  See the blog post with more instructions here.

Embedded Listening

For a description of how to do your own embedded listening activities, or what this is about, see this post.
My Embedded Listening resources are only available on my Teachers Pay Teachers store.

Authentic resource guides

  • Cajas de cartón: a reader’s guide to the short story by Francisco Jiménez – $6.95

Cajas short 2To purchase the guide for the full book also called Cajas de cartón by Francisco Jiménez, please visit the ebooks section of the site.  If you’re looking for the reader’s guide with vocabulary-boosting, proficiency-based activities for the short story only (chapter 9 of the memoir), you’re in the right place.  Your purchase includes a license to reproduce the file for your students for as long as you teach.  Respect copyright law and do not distribute outside this intended use.
Details: digital file includes 2-page introduction, 2 pages of vocabulary with activities, 2 pages of 31 comprehension questions with activities, and 2-page glossary.

To buy the electronic guide for $6.95, simply click here: 




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