LESSON PLAN: “Dos minutos New York”
Teacher: Megan Briggs Class: IB Spanish Standard Level 1

IB Standards:
  • develop students’ intercultural understanding
  • encourage, through the study of texts and through social interaction, an awareness and appreciation of the different perspectives of people from other cultures
  • provide the opportunity for enjoyment, creativity and intellectual stimulation through knowledge of an additional language

Aims of the lesson:
  • Develop critical listening skills, interactive skills, and productive skills in Spanish
  • Practice question words and interview format
  • Learn and master new vocabulary
  • Create a biographical 2-minute video about a classmate
  • Consider identity and our definitions of ourselves


Day 1

Essential Questions:
Who am I? How can I define myself?
How long does it take to know someone?
What can we learn about someone in 2 minutes?

  • Motivation. Quickwrite (2 minutes): ¿Quién soy yo? ¿Cómo me describo a mí mismo?
  • Can you define someone in 2 minutes? Was it difficult to get good information down so quickly? Share reactions to Quickwrite.
  • Watch Dos Minutes - NY capsule 1 for gist.
  • Handout #1. In partners, students fill in information on the chart (Name, Age, Physical description, Occupation, Nationality, Favorite part / why, New vocabulary).
  • Students read text with partners and fill in any missing information. Teacher shows slides with vocabulary images.
  • Repeat with three more capsules. Students fill in chart as much as possible with just listening, and providing text afterward to fill in missing information.
  • Go over vocabulary with slide show.
  • Discussion Questions: What do the people featured have in common? Why are they interesting? Think - Pair - Share
  • What information is given in every one? What questions solicited this information? Think - Pair - Share
  • Teacher writes interview questions onto whiteboard. Students take notes. Emphasize question words (¿Quién? ¿Cuándo? ¿Qué? ¿Cuál? ¿Por qué? ¿Dónde? etc.)
  • HW: Pick the 3 most important/interesting questions for YOU and respond to them in Spanish. Minimum 4 sentences each.

Day 2

Essential Questions:
What key things did we learn about the four people we met yesterday?
How can we present ourselves in 2 minutes? What information would we want included about us?

  • Share HW with partners. Teacher checks HW.
  • Review vocabulary in teams of 3. Teacher shows photo and students write the word on a small whiteboard. Students should switch writers.
  • Quote Carousel. Teacher should have quotes around the room on the wall before class. Teacher forms partners and each pair finds one quote to stand by. They have one minute to identify who said the quote, explain why it is important or significant, and discuss their personal reactions. Then students rotate around the room, so each pair is now standing at a new quote. Repeat until all students have discussed all quotes.
  • Debrief Quotes as a class.
  • Assign video project. Students will each create a 2-minute “capsule” about a classmate. Go over handout.
  • Form pairs. In partners, talk about what you would want your video to feature and begin the Preparation section of the handout. Students begin to work through logistics of filming, etc.

  • Video clips from 2 Minutos - NY
  • Slide show with vocabulary


Handouts (created by teacher).

Quotes for Quote Carousel
“Mi familia está allá también.”
“Hay arroz pero no hay habichuelas, y hay carne pero la cocinan de otra manera.”
“Los tambores para mí es algo como parte de lo que yo necesito para vivir.”
“En Puerto Rico hay tantas maneras de curarse.”
“Estoy tratando de hacer lo mejor posible para mi familia.”
“No importa aquí de que color, de dónde tú vienes, de qué raza eres, dónde te criaste.”

Works Cited

International Baccalaureate Language B Guide, First Examinations 2013. Published February 2011. Cardiff, Wales.

Dos Minutos - NY. Anaida Hernández, director.

All images found by searching on Google. Cited on vocabulary slide show.