Las uvas de suerte & comprehensifying authentic videos

The WINS this year have been few and far between, so when they come, we’ve got to celebrate! I wanted to share this homerun lesson, that just happened to occur during my Formal Observation (Thank you, Jesus!) and share a technique that I’m loving for my upper level Little Darlings, to make authentic videos more comprehensible.

In Spanish 4, I wanted to talk about Las uvas de la Nochevieja. I found this pretty sweet YouTube video: Las tradiciones de Nochevieja. I love that it’s a native speaker talking about his own traditions, but I knew that my Spanish 4s would need a lot of scaffolding to make it work for us. Let me share what I did, then stick around because I’ll show you how to do the same technique for any YouTube video.

Grab a copy of Las uvas de suerte for your upper level Little Darlings and I’ll walk you through it.

First we “activated prior knowledge” by discussing how we celebrate New Year’s Eve, and how we, in rural Nevada celebrate differently than in New York City. Then we jumped into the Slideshow:

Rather than having them slog through a 7 minute clip, I broke it up into bite sized chunks, and I included some specifics questions to focus students’ listening. They’re not expected to understand everything that he’s staying, they just listen for the answers to a few specific questions. When you click on the video, it will play a 30 second clip that I carefully selected, rather than the entire video.

First students read the focus questions, then we listened to the clip. Afterwards (because I was being observed and she specifically was looking for “formative assessment strategies” and because Jesus loves me and in that moment He sent some devine inspiration) I asked them to indicate how many questions could they answer. Students signaled 1 or 2 or 3 using their fingers. For the slides that students signaled mostly 2s and 3s, I used my Magic Cards to call a student, and ask which question they’d like to answer. They confidently answered (and I could tell my admin was impressed)! For segments that were a bit trickier, when students mostly signaled 0s and 1s, I replayed the clip, at a slower speed, then gave them a chance to chat with their partner, then they signaled again and I used the cards to call on students. Worked like a CHARM!

Quick tip: You know you can slow down the speed on a YouTube video, right?!

The nice thing about the slide is that it’s easy to give some important background knowledge. Here, he talks about Spaniards gathering in the Puerta del Sol for New Years…well, there it is! We did a mini picture talk first, then listened and repeated the procedure described above. There’s also room to clarify any essential vocabulary.

For one segment that was pretty beefy, when he describes the origin of the grape tradition, I gave them a chance to watch it, then again, then I gave them a summary written in comprehensible Spanish, complete with emojis because I just learned about and I’m obsessed. You can drop emojis ANYWHERE to aid comprehension!! 🎉 🤩😃

The other great thing about chopping a YouTube video into smaller chunks is that you can pick and choose what your Little Darlings hear. In this particular video, the speaker is doing an Instagram Live, and while he’s talking, he stops to greet viewers or to answer their questions. I thought that would throw my students off, so I just strategically cut those out of the videos. ✂️ Snip snip

It wasn’t my idea to cut apart YouTube videos and pop them into Google Slides to aid comprehension…someone awesome shared a Slideshow about Camilo and Evaluna telling their engagement story on a Facebook Group many moons ago. I have scoured the internet, looking for the original to credit this Genius and I can’t find it again! Do you know who I’m talking about?! Let me know because I would really love to credit this amazing idea!

Wanna make your own but feeling intimidated by the techiness of it? Don’t worry, it’s easy and I’ll walk you through it step by step!

How’s it going in your neck of the woods? Is 2022 off to a good start?


  1. This presentation is amazing! I need to read your instructions for cutting up youtube videos like this…what a powerful tool. Thank you so much for sharing your work! Dawn Shute


  2. This was PERFECT for my day today!! Thank you SO much for sharing!! Another amazing resource from the great Sra. Chase!!


  3. Mil gracias por compartir tu presentación de diapositivas! Me encanta también meter emojis en mis presentaciones de diapositivas…. sabes, puedes meter gif emojis también? Te envié una carta hoy, y debería llegar en la semana que viene… ojalá. 😉 Para que puedas tomarte un descanso con un té y soñar en pura vida, sol, y viajes de vacaciones! Whohoooo!


  4. I am just reading this now- another favorite of mine to use in slides is the Slides add-on Flat-icon! A TON of icons all free AND you can change the color depending on your slides too!


  5. Once again, I am so grateful for your ability to identify a tech tool I desperately needed (but didn’t know I needed) and then create a super-easy-to-follow tutorial so I am ready to do this myself within minutes. I used this strategy to create a video-supported embedded reading with a video about the castell tradition in Cataluña that students completed in pairs (love using audio splitters for this purpose). My students were SUPER engaged thanks to this simple trick I hadn’t known a few weeks ago!


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