Unit 2: Review of the Simple Past Tenses with the movie “Coco”

Unit 2: Review of Simple past tenses with the movie: Coco



  1. To remember the vocabulary related to family members, clothing, and clothing.
  2. To understand the story of  Coco in  the movie “Coco”  including the characters in the story, their motivations, the development of the story and its conclusion.
  3. To analyze the simple past tenses in the story to determine if they are Imperfect or Preterite and why each one is used.
  4. To apply the knowledge of this family story to recreate a memorable family event that can be shared with classmates.


PACE activity:  La película “Coco”

A. Presentation: 

Answer these questions about the movie “Coco” before listening to the story.




la abuela

la bisabuela

la tatarabuela

el yerno

el sueño

el zapato









Hace mucho tiempo


Listen to the story of Coco.

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B. Attention:

What are some of the themes of this movie clip?  Who are the members of the family?  Where does the story take place?  How do you know?  What do the characters wear?   Can you describe their clothing?


C. Co-construction:

With a classmate, can you fill in the blanks with the appropriate tense of the verbs in parentheses?   Can you explain why you are using the Imperfect Tense?  Can you explain why you are using the Preterit Tense?
Hace mucho tiempo (existir)    una familia.

El papá  (ser)       un gran músico.

El y su familia  (cantar) ,   (bailar) y (agradecer)

lo que (tener)

Pero el papá  (tener)  un sueño;

él  (querer)  cantar para el mundo

y un día (irse)   con su guitarra

y nunca (volver) .

La mamá no (tener)  tiempo para llorar.

Luego de apartar toda la música,

(encontrar)  el modo de mantener a su hija.

(poner)  manos a la obra

y (aprender)  a hacer zapatos.

(poder)  hacer dulces, fuegos artificiales

o  ropa interior    para luchadores

pero, no, (escoger)  zapatos.

Luego (enseñar)  a su hija a hacer zapatos.

Y más tarde (enseñar)  a su yerno.

Luego sus nietos (seguir)  sus pasos

y la familia (crecer)  igual que el negocio.

La música había dividido a su familia

pero los zapatos la (mantener)  unida.

Esa mujer (ser)  mi tatarabuela,  Mamá Imelda

y (morir)  mucho antes de que yo naciera


Y su hijita es mi bisabuela,  la mamá “Coco”.


D. Extension:

Can you tell us a story about your family?  Maybe it is a story that your parents told you about your ancestors? Maybe it is a funny anecdote?  Maybe it is related to work? Maybe it is about a trip that you took with your grandparents?

Write a minimum of one paragraph and tell the story to a classmate.

How much did your classmate understand? Can your classmate answer these questions in Spanish/ English?

When did it take place? Where did it take place? Who was there? What happened?


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