I. When teaching or learning simple comparatives in grammar you may link the description of students’ personalities or
Self-Portraits with Poetry.
Have students write LISTS comparing themselves to:
things/art forms etc.
relevant to the Hispanic cultures.
This way, Beginners will creatively apply their learning of Spanish grammar and culture to some of the basic concepts of poetry such as the creation of images, similes and metaphors.
I am like... (a character) "soy como Frida Kahlo" (simile)
I am like... (a city/geographical feature) "soy como un
río (river) " (simile)
I am Latin music... (an art form/thing) "Soy la
música latina" (metaphor)
II. Continue with a line giving a reason for the comparison by using: porque + an adjective.
el azúcar porque es dulce "
como el río porque es tranquilo"
la música latina porque soy feliz"
) Proceed with porque + various verbs at the beginning levels:
"Soy como Frida Kahlo
porque me gusta
pintar la vida"
la Ciudad de Guatemala
arquitectura y color"
"Soy como el mar
porque en las olas
I. You may use my poems “Lo que soy”/”What I am like” with the following:
Strategies for Reading Poetry for the Pleasure of Speaking in Other Languages
Use three strategies for reading poetry....
Practice with a reading partner:
1. Read aloud once, focusing only on
pronunciation and sound.
2. Read a second time, taking turns, concentrating on new
vocabulary and a few grammatical points.
3. Read a third time trying to figure out meaning...
What does the poem say; How does it apply to me?
(Critical thinking / Personalizing stage)