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Spanish-Speaking Countries 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.

Do you need an engaging method for teaching your students about Spanish-speaking countries? In this lesson plan, you will find a text lesson that walks students through each country and an activity that pairs students up for deeper exploration.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • identify countries where Spanish is the official language
  • outline general characteristics of the 21 countries where Spanish is the official language

Length

1 to 1.5 hours

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.6-8.1

Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.6-8.2

Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of the source distinct from prior knowledge or opinions.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.6-8.7

Integrate visual information (e.g., in charts, graphs, photographs, videos, or maps) with other information in print and digital texts.

Materials

  • Poster board
  • Markers
  • The quiz associated with this lesson

Instructions

  • Begin by asking the class to guess how many countries have Spanish as the official language, writing their guesses on the board.
  • Instruct them to read the introduction and 'Spain Spreads Its Influence' sections of the text lesson Spanish-Speaking Countries & Capitals.
  • How many countries did the students guess correctly those with Spanish as the official language?
  • Now ask the class to brainstorm a list of countries that they think are among the 21 Spanish-speaking countries, again writing them on the board.
  • Now have the students take turns reading a few sentences of the remainder of the text lesson each aloud to the class. As they read, place a check mark next to the countries that students included in their lists and write in any countries that were not mentioned.

Discussion Questions

  • How did we do in listing the countries that have Spanish as their official language?
  • Are any of the 21 countries a surprise?

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