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Spanish Boot Verbs

Teacher Guide by Lourdes Fernandez

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Spanish Boot Verbs Lesson Plans

Student Activities for Spanish Boot Verbs Include:

In present tense, there is a category of verbs called Spanish boot verbs, or Spanish stem changing verbs, because the stem of the Spanish verb changes and forms a boot shape when placed in a verb conjugation table. The tables below illustrate this change as well as the boot shape, highlighted in blue.

There are three categories of boot verbs:


DORMIR (Example of o → ue)
duermo dormimos
duermes dormís
duerme duermen
PENSAR (Example of e → ie)
pienso pensamos
piensas pensáis
piensa piensan
PEDIR (Example of e → i)
pido pedimos
pides pedís
pide piden

Spanish Boot Verbs Lesson Plans, Student Activities and Graphic Organizers

Create a Narrative Using Boot Verbs

Have students pick one of the three types of boot verbs and focus their storyboard on the one type, and, specifically, one verb within the chosen category. Especially for less advanced students or beginners, focusing on one boot verb at a time is more manageable.

Due to the simplicity of the design, push students to create a narrative with the one verb, while also targeting each form of the conjugation. The storyboard model for this project includes the yo, tú, and él forms, but the student should also include cells for nosotros, vosotros, and ellos. This project could be repeated two other times to target the remaining two boot verb types.

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Spanish Boot Verbs Conjugation & Types

The purpose of this storyboard is for students to practice or reinforce the conjugations of various boot verbs, and for students to clearly see the patterns and differences between forms and categories. For emphasis and clarity, have students highlight the vowel changes that occur.

Have students create a grid storyboard, separating and labeling the three types of boot verbs into three distinct columns. Students should select one verb for each category, create cells for each form of the conjugation, and include an original sentence which demonstrates the meaning. Below is a selection of commonly used Spanish stem changing verbs, but students can be directed to work with any - taught or researched.


o → ue e → ie e → i
dormir pensar pedir
poder querer servir
jugar (u → ue) preferir repetir
costar comenzar
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Putting it all Together! Spanish Boot Verbs in Context

This storyboard model assumes that students have already learned the various conjugation types for boot verbs, have done some basic practice, and are ready to put it all together. Have students create a storyboard narrative that includes as many boot verbs as the students have learned, and at least minimally targets one of each type. Instruct students to vary the forms used, and to write cohesive text.

Below each cell, l have students highlight the boot verbs used as well as their translations.

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