Teaching Las aventuras de Isabela


This is the Backward Plan from Las aventuras de Isabela.  First I identified all of the vocabulary words that could be taught through TPR.  Then cogates (words that are similar in Spanish and English) and then words that don’t fall into those categories or are structures are taught through TPRS or PQA. (TPR Story-Asking or Personalized Questions and Answers.)


 This document contains stories for teaching Las aventuras de Isabela that are appropriate for the Middle School level.  I usually teach this book to adults, so there are stories that are a little more risque and personalized to the responses of the adults.  Fluency Fast Lessons contains the stories from teaching Las aventuras de Isabela at the International Forum on Language Teaching, (iFLT).


Day 1

Write all the words you know in Spanish.  Remember foods… numbers…greetings… anything counts.  (page 1)  Have the students hand this in, saving the back of the page for a later writing assignment.


Page 8 starts the first TPR lesson.  Teach these with novel commands.  An example of novel commands is below.

Write each word on the board in one color in Spanish and in another color in English.

Se levanta—————————stands

se sienta ——————————–sits

La clase se levanta.  La clase se sienta.  La clase se levanta.  La clase se sienta. (Pick one student.)  Student A se levanta.  La clase se levanta.  Student A se sienta.  La clase se sienta.  Student B se levanta.  Student B se sienta.  La clase aplaude.  La clase se levanta.  Student C se levanta.  Student C se levanta.  Student C se levanta.

despacio —————————–slowly

rápido —————————-quickly




mira ——————————– looks at


va ——————————-goes


grita ———————————- yells


corre ——————————— runs

se ríe ——————————- laughs