Spanish Cultural Differences Teacher Resources
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Teaching Spanish Heritage in the Context of the Ancient Mediterranean
Students identify and interpret Spanish heritage, including the Mediterranean culture, language, history, trade, and migration. Following, they began an in-depth study of Egypt, the Middle East, Greece, and Rome and were able to make connections with the Spanish heritage and distant civilizations. Finally, students made the study of Current Events timelier by comparing present-day labor practices in third World countries.
The Four Corners Region of the United States Cultures, Ruins and Landmarks
Students who live in the inner city are introduced to the four corners region of the United States. In groups, they examine how the region differs compared to where they live and their culture. They develop maps of the area and locate landmarks of the area. To end the lesson, they research the contributions of the Native American groups of the four corners region and examine artifacts.
Integrating History, Art, Literature, and Culture in the Spanish Classroom
Learners, in a Spanish classroom, research Spanish speaking countries and create a PowerPoint presentation of that country. They are to use art, literature, history and culture in the presentation.
American Culture in a Musical Setting
Students discover the significance of similarities and contrasts of three separate cultures of the United States through music. They take out maps and trace the expedition of the Spanish along the coasts of Mexico and North and South America and the Caribbean Islands.
The Clock Tower on Grand Avenue: A Cultural Reading Adventure
Sixth graders read three novels to practice their reading and comprehension skills. Using each novel, they create a list of the characteristics of each culture represented. In groups, they also identify the setting, characters and plot of the stories as well. To end the instructional activity, they answer questions about cultures other than their own.
What Was South Carolina's Role in the Spanish American War?
Seventh graders investigate the role of South Carolina in the Spanish American War. In this imperialism lesson, 7th graders analyze primary documents and photographs, in collaborative groups, to determine how the state was involved in the Spanish American War. Students write letters from the perspectives of soldiers involved in the war that reveal how they felt.
A Contrast in Cultures
Eighth graders examine the cultures of Black Seminoles Indians and Gullah. In this cultures lesson students create a presentation based on how these social groups influenced each other and how slavery helped define them.
Spanish Drama: Latin America
Students explore Hispanic countries. In this Hispanic culture and language lesson, students choose an Hispanic country to research. Students explore given websites and prepare a dramatization incorporating the facts they find. Students practice using correct Spanish grammar, particularly the subjunctive mode. Students compare and contrast Latin American countries with the United States.
Writing Up a Spanish Storm: Using Creative Thinking for Creative Writing
Students in a Spanish class are introduced to the techniques of creative writing. In groups, they focus on the pre-writing section of creative writing and keep a folder of their works throughout the lesson. They end the lessons by using new vocabulary to write either a short story or a descriptive paragraph and share with the class.
Carnival Celebrations, cultural differences, visual arts,
Middle schoolers explore carnivals from different cultures. In this cultural differences lesson, students, discuss carnivals and their importance. Middle schoolers analyze the meanings of masks from the carnivals and other traditions then record their responses on a graphic organizer.
Exploring 9/11 in Historical, Cultural and International Context: Why Here, Why Us, Why Now?
Students examine the international conflicts that might have caused the terrorist attacks of 9/11. In groups, they research the similarities and differences between the three major religions and how they connect to 9/11. To end the lesson plan, they review public opinion surveys on the attacks and compare this attack to others in history.
Mapping Cultural Universals
Students identify the correlations between many nations. In this geographic culture lesson, students create maps based on nationalities, languages and religions. Students present their maps to the class.
Unit 2: My Friends and I Day Three: Comparing Our Preferences
Students compare and contrast their characteristics. In this comparison lesson, ESL students compare and contrast personal characteristics while working in pairs. They use a Venn diagram and write in short phrases while making the comparisons.
The Pursuit of Truth: Comparing Roger Williams and Martin Luther King Jr.
Fifth graders compare the life and times of Roger Williams and Martin Luther King Jr. In this life comparison lesson plan, 5th graders explore the key events that happened in each of their lives and fill out worksheets, write essays, and participate in a simulation about their lives.
Seventh graders follow multi-step technology directions in Spanish to create presentations about a Spanish-speaking country. In so doing, 7th graders increase their understanding of technology use for specific purposes and effects.
Values and Images Reflected in TV Commercials
Learners view commercials from American and Latin American cultures and discuss the values and selling strategies used in each commercial.
East Meets West: Effects of the Crusades
Seventh graders investigate how the Crusades allowed for the spread of cultural practices, products and perspectives between Europe and the Middle East. This lesson contains a brainstorming activity for the pre-assessment, a graphic organizer for guided research and an essay for the post-assessment.
Fast Food in the American Psyche
Help learners make the connection between fast food, television, and social issues in the United States. They will keep a journal of their own habits, view a quick video, compare their habits in small groups, complete a jigsaw activity, put together dialectical journals, present information, participate in a fishbowl discussion, and compose an essay. Articles about fast food are included here as are instructions for an extended research paper on related topics.
En la escuela, y despues de las clases!
Ninth graders, after analyzing vocabulary on greetings, classroom items, descriptive adjectives and subject pronouns, engage in productive communication with each other about daily activities at school and after school by speaking to each other in Spanish.
Before Going To San Sebastian, Spain
Students practice conversational Spanish in small groups to brainstorm different aspects of a foreign city. They connect using e-mail with a citizen of that city. The extension of the lesson plan is an ongoing conversation with the citizen.