STORIES, Songs, & Culture

This section is the meat of the notebook. It’s where comprehensible input is recorded/reflected on/interpreted– whatever works best. I love interactive notebooks because they, like CI, are adaptable to what each class needs. The content reflects our interests, and what we do with it depends on the day.


The biggest section of our notebook is the class content section. We reserve some pages at the end for reference (the few vocabulary lists and grammar charts we do), and the rest is filled in chronologically. Most weeks, we have three target structures, and do at least one class story or MovieTalk. If you’d like to see how this works, make sure to watch my TPRS and notebooking video on the main Spanish notebooks page.


As the text and stories get more complex, the students also get a picture of how they are rising in proficiency. My approach can be somewhat spontaneous and a little crazy, so I love that parents and administrators can see all the work we’ve been doing in one place. The connections between the stories, authentic songs, and culture studies make more sense when they’re all together. It’s a good anchor for me, too!


Keep in mind that these are just a few samples. A lot of what we do isn’t necessarily recorded (PQA, Movie Talks, discussions), and we don’t feel pressure to use the INB unless it is helpful.

Story or Text Template

These free templates make it easy to put a text into a horizontal, front and back format (with or without margins). Just copy, paste, and print.
Sometimes a story just takes a half page, and I glue it directly onto the page. For others, I print front-and-back. By the end of the year, all the class stories are collected in one place.

Authentic Songs

If you would like to try out some of my songs, try Vivir mi vida or Los pollitos dicen for free.

Authentic Songs

We keep our songs at the back section of the notebook.

Cornell Notes for Piratas del Caribe

You don’t have to do fancy foldables all the time! It can be as easy as printing strips that guide notes or have questions that the students respond to. (Unfortunately, I don’t have permission to share these files.)

Class Story

More examples of how I put stories in the notebook.

Cornell Notes for Piratas del Caribe

Spanish-Speaking Countries

Geography inserts to introduce the basics of Hispanic countries.

Geography Insert

I use these geography inserts whenever we spotlight a new country (as part of a song, unit, novel, etc.)

Novels Booklet

When we do a novel study, I anchor and begin our notebook pages with a little booklet with basic info.

Esperanza Novel Booklet

Here we store chapter summaries, maps, character summaries, and unfamiliar vocabulary.

Novels Booklet

This is often the only printable I do for the novel, in the notebook. The following pages we might do smash doodles, story maps, or other work. If everyone seems to get the chapter easily, we might just enjoy and not do notebook work.

Day of the Dead Split Booklet

Sometimes celebrating holidays feels a little scattered. I use this little booklet to anchor our Día de los muertos activities, and I like that everything from the year is together (not just worksheets that get filled out and thrown away).

Examples of Notes from My Spanish Fables Series

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