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Preterite vs. Imperfect Verb Tenses
Carey Hansard
Foreign Languages

Unit created on 11/28/1999 EST.
Last modified 2/22/2000 7:51:15 AM EST.

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Fundamental Understandings (help)

When finished with this unit, the students will be able to correctly use the preterite and imperfect (the 2 past tenses) in Spanish. They will be able to distinguish between something that was ongoing in the past, or something that happened only once or a limited number of times.

Technology ISTE Standards (info) 

Informed choices among technology systems, resources, and services Use technology tools and resources for managing and communicating personal/professional information (e.g., finances, schedules, addresses, purchases, correspondence). Routinely and efficiently use online information resources to meet needs for collaboration, research, publications, communications, and productivity. Select and apply technology tools for research, information analysis, problem-solving, and decision-making in content learning. Collaborate with peers, experts, and others to contribute to a content related knowledge base by using technology to compile, synthesize, produce, and disseminate information, models, and other creative works.

Information Literacy Standards (info) 

Standard 2: Evaluates information critically and competently, as described by the following indicators: determines accuracy, relevance, and comprehensiveness; distinguishes among facts, point of view, and opinion; identifies inaccurate and misleading information; selects information appropriate to the problem or question at hand. Standard 3: Uses information effectively and creatively, as described by the following indicators: organizes information for practical application; integrates new information into one's own knowledge; applies information in critical thinking and problem solving; produces and communication information and ideas in appropriate formats. Standard 5: Appreciates and enjoys literature and other creative expressions of information, as described by the following indicators: is a competent and self-motivated reader; derives meaning from information presented creatively in a variety of formats; develops creative products in a variety of formats. Standard 8 Practices ethical behavior in regard to information and information technology, as described by the following indicators: respects the principles of intellectual freedom; respects intellectual property rights; uses information technology responsibly. Standard 9: Participates effectively in groups to pursue and generate information, as described by the following indicators: shares knowledge and information with others; respects others' ideas and backgrounds and acknowledges their contributions; collaborates with others, both in person and through technologies, to identify information problems and to seek their solutions; collaborates with others, both in person and through technologies, to design, develop, and evaluate information products and solutions.

Relevance (help)

It is important for comunnication purposes to differentiate between something that was continuing to happen in the past adn something that happened only a few times or once. If Johnny only fell once, that doesn't establish a pattern. However, if he used to fall all the time, then there might be something to worry about. There is a way to tell the diffrence, we just have to learn the proper tense to use and when to use it.

Assessment (help)

At the end of the unit, students will be responsible to writing a short children's story in which bothe the preterite and the imperfect tenses will be used. Based on this story, as well as written quizzes, the students' understanding of the material can be assessed.

Components (help)

The students will be taken through the preterite and the imperfect seperately. There will be checkpoints for the students through each of those lessons to make sure they know what they are doing with each individual tense first. Then, the two tenses will be compared with each other and the project will be assigned.

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The Imperfect
The Preterite
The Imperfect

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