I’ve been thinking about the imperfect tense since I’ll have to teach it in level 2 soon. It is a chapter about childhood. I need a new twist on this theme. Here are my rather limited ideas so far:
- Have students compare what Celia Cruz did as a child growing up in Cuba with their own childhood. This would be an extension of narrating Celia’s life in the preterite based on a children’s book that Barbara Cartford used in her award-winning unit about Celiz Cruz and Cuba.
- Have students compare what they used to do when they were in elementary school and what they do differently now that they are in high school.
- Students interview a parent or grandparent about their childhood and compare it to their own. I believe one of my colleagues suggested this in a recent collaboration.
- Provide comprehensible input using this video about technology in the 80’s versus technology now. It has lots of examples of imperfect tense verbs in an authentic context. http://tinyurl.com/89uc8ab
- My dear friend Lisa Lilley has a lost civilization activity where students receive “artifacts” and determine from them what the civilization was like and how it lived. They write their findings using the imperfect tense.
- This doesn’t have to do with the imperfect but I like to talk about childhood cultural references, like tooth fairy compared with ratoncito Perez.
- Here is a cute children’s song called “Lunes antes de almorzar” that has the imperfect tense, days of the week, and chores. http://profe.garrido.perso.neuf.fr/biblioteca/canciones/lunes%20antes%20de%20almorzar.htm I’ve also seen it here on youtube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OCUbCeLx3-k
- Sra. Spanglish has blogged about the imperfect tense also. Check her blog at http://sraspanglish.blogspot.com/2011/11/imperfect-childhood.html
- Anything else anyone would like to share? Feel free to comment!