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High schoolers discuss what house and home represent in this country and read an article from a Venezuelan newspaper about environmental awareness. They create a Venn diagram that compares and contrasts environmental awareness and responsibility.
Learners study the HIV virus and how it has impacted the hispanic community. In this infectious disease lesson students discover how HIV/Aids is found all over the world, what misconceptions are out there and what kinds of treatments are needed.
Students study the conquest of Mexico and the role of La Llorona. They review the geographical locations of the Aztec civilization and present day Mexico. They compare and contrast an Aztec city and a Spanish city. They create a timeline of Spanish conquest, including Dona Marina's role. They research her life and simulate a trial.
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.
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.
Students, 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.
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.
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.
Eighth graders examine the cultures of Black Seminoles Indians and Gullah. For this cultures lesson students create a presentation based on how these social groups influenced each other and how slavery helped define them.
Students explore Hispanic countries. In this Hispanic culture and language instructional activity, 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.
Students explore carnivals from different cultures. In this cultural differences lesson plan, students, discuss carnivals and their importance. Students analyze the meanings of masks from the carnivals and other traditions then record their responses on a graphic organizer.
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, they review public opinion surveys on the attacks and compare this attack to others in history.
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.
Students compare and contrast their characteristics. In this comparison instructional activity, 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.
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.
Eleventh graders participate in a lecture on the history of Latin Americans and the role of Latin-American women writers. As a class, they read a story together and identify what lessons the narrator gained throughout the story. In groups, they examine the author's life and compare it to their own. To end the lesson, they use the internet to research various aspects of Latino culture.