Dana teaches social sciences at the college level and English and psychology at the high school level. She has master's degrees in applied, clinical and community psychology.
Upon completion of this lesson, students will be able to:
- summarize key cultural factors of Spain
- pronounce Spanish terms
- research and report on one specific region of Spain
1 to 1.5 hours
Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of how key events or ideas develop over the course of the text.
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including vocabulary describing political, social, or economic aspects of history/social science.
Integrate quantitative or technical analysis (e.g., charts, research data) with qualitative analysis in print or digital text.
Compare and contrast treatments of the same topic in several primary and secondary sources.
- A map of Spain
- Plain white 8.5 x 11 copy paper
- Corrida de toros
- Palo seco
- March real
- Puerto del sol
- Don Quixote
- Sancho Panza
- Cafe con leche
- Tortilla española
- Have students watch the lesson Spanish Culture: Customs, Facts & Food. As they go through the lesson, students should pause the lesson to pronounce the bolded vocabulary words together as a class.
- Each time the students stop at a key vocabulary word in the lesson, write that word on the board and pronounce it with them.
- When the lesson has been watched in its entirety and all key words are listed on the board, review each one with the class in terms of meaning and pronunciation.
- Why might the siesta be changing away from a time designated for napping?
- How many Spanish customs, traditions, and foods have we experienced in our culture?
- Now review the map of Spain with the class before dividing the students into small groups.
- Assign each group one region of Spain on which they will gather information. They should include facts on demographics, industry, foods, and key cultural or regional events.
- When each group is finished gathering facts, have them use the paper and markers to create a brochure to promote their region.
- Finally, have students share their brochures with the class as they tell everyone a bit about their assigned region.
- Host a fiesta for the class with Spanish music and foods.
- Have students visit Spanish travel website to plan a virtual trip to the country.
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