Un hombre sin cabeza

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Un hombre sin cabeza

Contributor: Steven Fawkes

Language of text: Spanish
Type of text: Poem
Author or source: Armando José Sequera
Intended age of students: Key Stage 2/3
Source reference: Source: http://www.doslourdes.net/Un%20hombre%20sin%20cabeza.htm

Un hombre sin cabeza
no puede usar sombrero.
Pero éste no es
su mayor problema:
no puede pensar,
no puede …..


Attached files:
cartoon / montage of a face eg Mr Potato Head
cartoon pictures of a man, firstly complete, then each time with a part of the body missing – mouth, foot, arm, etc. ending with head,

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Presentation / recap of parts of the face / head
Remove an item (eg ear) Esta Sr Cabeza de Pata sin …
Model this and elicit the meaning of ‘sin’
Show title: Un hombre sin ….
Same procedure with cartoon body

Display the first lines of the poem
Un hombre sin cabeza
no puede usar sombrero.
Pero éste no es
su mayor problema:
no puede pensar,
no puede …..
show enough examples for them to see the structure
read aloud and read chorally the lines on screen
brainstorm one or two ideas for the next lines (ie infinitives of verbs)
ask them to write the next few lines of the poem themselves, using reference
gather in the class ideas and writer on screen so that all can observe the structure
Show the original text, asking people to read a line aloud
You may wish to explore some meanings
At this point you may wish to reinforce a grammatical point about verb endings – by adding a speech bubble to the cartoon of hombre sin cabeza, the text could be transposed to ‘ Soy un hombre sin cabeza
No puedo …’
Creative writing : students write their own poem about ‘un hombre sin … ‘ (their choice)
Either in third
Or in first person (extension)

stimulus for creative writing, manipulation of modal verb, possible extension into verb endings

examples of pueder construction, creative writing

Topics or themes:
parts of the body, infinitive verbs

infinitive verbs


How much time required:
1 lesson

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