Carta de Pedro Menéndez de Avilés

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Spanish learners peek back into history by reading a copy of an original letter written in the sixteenth century by Pedro Menéndez de Avilés. To show their comprehension, they respond to a series of provided questions. For writing practice, class members then compose their own formal letters in Spanish to King Carlos I of Spain. This is an advanced lesson with a complex text appropriate for higher-level classes or native speakers.

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Pros

  • Combines history and Spanish with a primary source document written in Spanish
  • Includes a worksheet for answering the questions and a template for writing the letter
Cons

  • The letter is quite long and was written several hundred years ago, so it will probably take a long time for pupils to pick apart and understand the text
  • The lesson notes that the letter was written in 1525; however, the letter is dated 1565