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Post Card Project
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Spanish I Lesson Plan
This lesson goes along with …
Text: Etapa Preliminar
Curriculum Guide: Unit 1
Sources: Jessica Cook (WMHS) modified this lesson from one provided in The Big6 Handbook by Bob Berkowitz and Michael Eisenberg
- The students will become familiar with the social and political culture of a Spanish-speaking country by researching that country and writing post cards from the perspective of a traveler to the country.
- We will have already studied the maps of Spanish-speaking countries in the text book, Etapa Preliminar.
- The students will review the rubric for this project with their teacher. The teacher will read through each point on the rubric and explain therequirements of the assignment.
- The students will choose a Spanish-speaking country on which to report. This could be done in one of many ways: either they can each choose their own country, or they can pull the name of a country out of a hat, or the teacher can assign the countries as he/she chooses.
- The students must begin the project by researching their country. Theteacher can use discretion on this; for example, are they allowed to use all electronic sources, or must they include print sources? How many sources should they use? Are you going to require a specific format (MLA, APA, etc.)? For this example, students were allowed to use any source they could find, and the requirement was that they include a variety of sources (at least 3 separate sources) for full credit. No specific format was required, as many students were unfamiliar with this process.
- When the students have gathered information on their country whichpertains to the lists of social and political aspects, they must begin to write their post cards. One card focuses on the social aspects of the country, and the other card deals with the political aspects. They must write the card from the perspective of a traveler to the country; in other words, it must appear that they are actually in that country as they write. Each card should include 7-10 solid sentences and focus on 2-3 topics from the appropriate list. I provided them with cardstock for their post cards.
- The other side of the post card must be appropriately decorated. Students may use crayons/markers, clip art, magazine clippings, etc. The art work must reflect the writing and the country of choice, and be neat and colorful.
- In order to avoid plagiarism, I asked students to turn in their sourcesseparately from the post cards. They did not have to cite their researchdirectly on the card, but they just had to turn in their research to prove to me that they did some. This way I could verify their facts but still preserve the “authenticity” of the post cards.
- The post cards can be displayed around the classroom when they arefinished, and even kept in a “scrap book” for future use and display.
About this Document
This is a project for a Spanish I class, toward the beginning of the course. Students would complete this assignment in English as a way to become familiar with the cultures and customs of Spanish-speaking countries. It could also be adapted for another class by having students research other countries.