USE THE MATERIALS BELOW TO ENGAGE YOUR STUDENTS
All of the lessons below support content in other areas. Kids want to learn and even seemingly reluctant learners will be more likely to engage with readings that have real content. Some students do not see the practicality of World Languages–they tend to see subjects like math and science as more valuable. This will help you bridge that gap.
USE THEM TO HELP WITH YOUR OWN PROFESSIONAL EVALUATIONS
Readings like these can also be used as evaluation evidence for “designing coherent instruction” because they provide scaffolding for later learning. They access students’ prior knowledge about geography, math, science and other subjects. Cross-curricular and varied instruction like this can go a long way to “engaging students in learning”.
The popularity of eating guinea pigs is growing. It is sustainable, affordable, and oh so tasty. A short article for your students written in Novice Mid Spanish can be found here.
LA CORZA BLANCA
Simplified summary with illustrations of the legend La corza blanca by the Spanish romantic poet Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer as a pre-reading for the novel.
PAÍSES MEGADIVERSOS / THE MEGADIVERSE COUNTRIES
The “Mega Diverse” countries are those which have been designated as valuable due to their vast and different flora and fauna. An unusually large portion of these countries are in Latin America. Here is a reading in novice level Spanish about these biological treasures.
Despite environmental pressures and declining overall numbers, the jaguar, most adaptable of the big cats, is expanding its range and can now be found from Arizona to Argentina. Read about it in novice level Spanish.
¿ESPAÑOL O CASTELLANO? / SPANISH OR CASTILIAN?
The word castellano perplexed me when I arrived in Chile as a teenager: Everyone seemed to be telling me they did not speak español (in Spanish!) but rather something called castellano; it sure sounded like Spanish to me. This level I reading explains which word speakers use to refer to their language in the Spanish-speaking world.
Cómo mirar un eclipse del sol / HOW TO WATCH A SOLAR ECLIPSE
It is always gratifying to teach students concepts and skills that they may have missed in other subjects areas—and to do it in a second language! We have actually done this eclipse watching activity several times with novice Spanish students. The instructions were given, discussed, checked and re-checked for understanding and then we went out to experiment with the low-cost, low-tech eclipse watching equipment. No eye damage yet!
Introduction to Guatemala
(PowerPoint to introduce the country to level I Spanish and/or as a set for the Blaine Ray novel Patricia va a California. Coordinates with the 5 themes that students learn in their geography classes)