Spanish Culture Lesson Plan

Instructor: Dana Dance-Schissel

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.

How much do your students know about Spanish culture? A text lesson highlights pivotal facts and an activity allows students to research one specific region of the country. Optional activities and related lessons support future instruction.

Learning Objectives

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

Curriculum Standards


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
  • Markers

Key Vocabulary

  • Siesta
  • Corrida de toros
  • Matador
  • Muleta
  • Espada
  • Flamenco
  • Baile
  • Palo seco
  • March real
  • Puerto del sol
  • Don Quixote
  • Sancho Panza
  • Churros
  • Cafe con leche
  • Paella
  • Sangria
  • Tapas
  • Tortilla española
  • Empanadas
  • Gazpacho


  • 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.

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