Reading Activities

Classroom Resources

  • Student Projects and Lesson Plans [CC] by Jocelly G. Meiners and Marco A. Pevia, is a collection of projects created by heritage Spanish students at The University of Texas at Austin. Under the framework of Open Pedagogy, students wrote news articles from their historic communities and folk stories from the Hispanic world. Along with the news articles and stories, there are lesson plans with activities that can be used or adapted for different levels of Spanish learning.
  • ¡Listos![CC] by Meredith Clark and José Sologuren is a series of units for Heritage Spanish learners in grades 6-12. Three lessons aligned to the K12 Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) form four thematic clusters. Relevant scenarios related to personal life, college tasks, career readiness and civic participation frame each lesson and increase student engagement by making learning authentic and relevant to real issues that students face. Each lesson identifies an intermediate or advanced proficiency target that supports language acquisition in the interpersonal, interpretive and presentational modes. The project also provides teachers with a replicable approach to lesson design for adapting or creating their own materials.
  • OER Spanish for Heritage Speakers [CC], is a course site developed at Lehman College, CUNY, that contains curated OER materials relevant for the class curriculum and to support the instructor in her use of varied OER activities. For more information you can contact Evelyn Durán Urrea.
  • Spanish for Heritage Language Learners  This is a collection of instructional materials  developed by Gabriela Zapata (Texas A&M) for the teaching of Spanish as a heritage language at the intermediate level, grounded in the tenets of the multiliteracies framework Learning by Design. The lessons are based on authentic materials produced by Latino writers and artists, and are organized in four instructional modules with a focus on topics relevant to heritage language learners: immigration, labor, family, and bicultural/bilingual identity.
  • Thematic Units for Developing Writing and Critical Awareness in Heritage Spanish Courses [CC], developed by COERLL Heritage Spanish Project Directors Yanina Hernández and Dr. José E. Hernández (University of Texas Rio Grande Valley). These thematic units are intended to develop reading, writing and a critical approach for Spanish Heritage Spanish courses.
  • A selection of activities created by the participants of COERLL’s 2016 Heritage Spanish Workshop
  • SpinTX is a video archive of selected video clips and transcripts from the Spanish in Texas Corpus, a collection of video interviews with bilingual Spanish speakers in Texas.


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