In seventh grade, the first unit of the quarter is called, “Yo soy / I am” and the students learn how to describe themselves, as well as others, with adjectives, reports Señora Aldridge, the Spanish teacher at Coal City Middle School.
In Spanish, all nouns are either masculine or feminine and adjectives must agree with the noun (or pronoun) they describe in gender and in number. “This is a difficult skill for us because we don’t do anything like this in English. So, that means if the noun an adjective describes is feminine, then the adjective must be feminine, and if that same noun is also plural, the adjective will be feminine and plural, as well,” Señora Aldridge said. In English, a male or female can say, “I am tall.” But, in Spanish, “Yo soy alto” would be said by a male, whereas a female would say, “Yo soy alta.”
The second unit is about La Ropa / The Clothing, the students will learn the rule on placement of adjectives, which is after the noun, as opposed to in front of the noun like English. That way, it gives the brain the opportunity to make the ending of the adjective match the noun in both gender and number. To say “the white shoes” in Spanish would be, “los zapatos blancos.”
Students had an assignment where they created a Google Slides presentation with Yo soy / I am and Yo no soy / I am not statements, along with a picture or GIF that represented each statement. Once finished, the students presented their sentences to the class, to get some practice with speaking in Spanish. “They all did a great job and it was so much fun to see how the students view themselves,” aid Señora Aldridge
“¡Estoy muy orgullosa de todos de mis estudiantes! / I am very proud of all of my students!” she concluded.