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Eighth graders examine the linguistic and cultural impact of the Arabic language and Islamic culture on the Spanish language. They analyze and label maps, listen to and differentiate between Spanish and Arabic music, and compare and contrast modern Eastern and Western popbmusic with traditional flamenco music and modern pop fusions.
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.
Seventh graders research the past and present policies in the United States regarding immigration. As a class, they read "Immigration Timeline" to examine the various groups who came to America for a better life. To end the lesson, they participate in a debate over the issue of bilingual education and whether it should be allowed in schools.
Young scholars 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.
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 lesson, they answer questions about cultures other than their own.
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.
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.
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.
High schoolers 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, they review public opinion surveys on the attacks and compare this attack to others in history.
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.
A study of the Aztec, Inca, and Mayan cultures is par-for-the-course for most fifth grade classrooms. This set of lesson plans is worth looking into if you are a fifth grade teacher! In them, learners focus on the geography and culture of the Meso-American civilizations. They engage in hands-on activities and a host of language arts-based activities that require them to listen, write, read, and speak in front of others. Many terrific worksheets are embedded in this fine series of plans.
A wonderful series of lessons on the Spanish exploration of North America. Learners study who the Spanish came into contact with, and the influences they had on those people and the land. Through the use of technology, real-life applications, aerial drawings, and studying Native American art, pupils should develop a good understanding of these explorations and the results.