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My favourite text, July 2017
Our first short article reviewing resources on the Literature wiki is from Rachel Hawkes, who recently uploaded 'Quiero ver una vaca'.

I used 'Hombre sin cabeza' this week and 'Quiero ver una vaca' (pretty good from memory performance from low Y7 set from the actions + pictures teaching sequence - I was very pleased - it was a class I didn't know but a colleague went home sick suddenly, so it seemed like a good idea!)
I have realised how fab it is to spend a substantial amount of time on a poem, but how useful it is also if the poem happens to have a language focus that you really need at that moment in time (e.g. Hombre sin cabeza - great for a range of infinitive verbs).
'Quiero ver una vaca' - can be great for articles / adjective endings - as when the group changed the cow to dog they didn't automatically remember to change the 'colorada'! It was a good consolidatory learning moment. Also would work to do the whole variations on VERB + infinitive …

I need to therefore look and select some more poems that specifically do:
SER +adjectives - singular es and plural son
Me gusta(n) plus nouns
Difference between Hay / Es / Está / Tiene…
3rd person verbs singular (or sing & plural)

Article use - change from indefinite to definite (I think the Antonio Machado poem does this really well - 'En la plaza hay una torre - la torre tiene un balcón' etc… but we use this one in primary so I need another similar!)

De+el (Los Reyes does this one 😊)
Preterite key verbs

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