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Unit 1: The Spanish Speaking World and Me

(Week 1, 6 Weeks)

Overarching Question

Who am I and how do I connect to the Spanish-speaking world?

Focus Questions

  1. Who am I?

  2. How do I introduce myself to others?

  3. How do I find out about others?

  4. Where in the world is Spanish spoken?

  5. Who are some famous people from Spanish-speaking countries?

  6. How do my values compare to those of the people who are from Spanish-speaking countries?

Unit Abstract
In this unit of study, students begin to learn how to communicate effectively about themselves in Spanish. Students understand as well as interpret meaning from information exchanged in conversation as they learn to meet, greet and say goodbye to others. In addition, students recognize the levels of formality in iSpanish and become aware of the social gestures associated with Spanish greetings. Furthermore, students learn to introduce themselves and to respond to questions about themselves. They also learn to ask questions about others. Through the study of self, the students gain knowledge and insight into the Hispanic culture. Students are introduced to the geography, values and icons of the Spanish-speaking world. Students begin to recognize basic pronunciation and elements of the language (alphabet, accent marks, cognates, etc.). Students gain knowledge and insight into what it means to be a Spanish-speaker and why it is important to learn Spanish in their community and beyond.

Key Concepts

Express greetings and leave-takings:

  • Hola, Buenos días, Buenas tardes, Buenas noches, ¿Qué tal?

  • Adiós, Hasta luego, Chao, Hasta mañana, Nos vemos

Express pleasantries/courtesies:

  • mucho gusto/encantado/a

  • igualmente

  • gracias

  • por favor

  • de nada

Exchange personal information:

  • ¿Cómo te llamas? Me llamo

  • ¿Cómo se llama él/ella? Se llama

  • ¿Cómo se llama usted? Me llamo

  • ¿De dónde eres? Soy de...

  • ¿De dónde es? Es de...

  • ¿Cuántos años tienes? Tengo ... años

  • ¿Cuántos años tiene? Tiene...años

  • ¿Cómo estás? Estoy bien, mal, así así,

  • ¿Cómo está él/ella? Está bien, mal, así así

Identify culturally appropriate gestures and honorifics:

  • handshake

  • kiss on the cheek

  • embrace

  • usted

  • Señor/a/ita

Identify and compare key cultural values in the Spanish-speaking world with one's own

  • family

  • respect

  • religion

  • relationships

Identify cultural icons in the Spanish-speaking world, their profession and where their country of origin is located.

  • Pablo Picasso-Spain-artista

  • Shakira-Colombia-cantante

  • Ricky Martin-Puerto Rico-cantante

  • César Chavez-Mexico/U.S.-activista

  • King Felipe VI-Spain-Rey

  • Evita Perón-Argentina-

  • Frida Kahlo-México-artista

  • Diego Rivera-México-artista

  • Miguel Cabrera-Venezuela-jugador de béisbol

  • Isabel Allende-Chile-escritora

  • Diego Forlan -Uruguay-jugador de fútbol

  • Gloria Estefan - Cuba-cantante

  • Oscar de la Renta - Dominican Republic-modista

  • Rigoberta Menchú - Guatemala-activista

  • Carlos Mencia - Honduras-comediante

  • Rosa Mendez - Costa Rica-luchadora WWE

Additional Learning:

  • Respond to classroom commands: levántense, siéntense, miren, abran/cierren, escriban.

  • Express age using numbers 0-100.

  • Spell using the Spanish alphabet.

  • Identify cognates.

  • Express needs utilizing classroom expressions:

    • Tengo una pregunta.

    • Tengo que ir al baño.

    • Necesito un lápiz.

    • No entiendo.

    • Más despacio, por favor.

    • Repita, por favor.

    • ¿Cómo se escribe ...? (name, other word, etc)

  • Identify reasons to study Spanish: graduation requirement, college admissions, jobs, communication with members of the community, better knowledge of one's own language

Assessment Tasks

1. Interpersonal Speaking: Students assume the identity of the famous person they have researched. They will have a conversation with another "famous person" in the class and exchange information about name, age, origin and how they are feeling. The conversation should include appropriate honorifics, gestures, pleasantries, greetings and leave-takings. (1.1.N.SL.a, 1.1.N.SL.b, 1.1.N.SL.c, 1.1.N.SL.f, 2.2.N.C.a)
2. Interpersonal Writing: Students will respond to the question ¿Quién es tu persona famosa? via text message, email or forum. They will include name, age, origin and profession. (1.1.N.RW.a, 1.1.N.RW.b, 2.2.N.C.a)
3. Geography/Culture: Students will identify 10 Spanish-speaking countries on the map given a blank map. (4.2.N.a)
4. Comparisons/Culture: In English, students will identify and describe a cultural value discussed in class and compare it to their own values. (2.2.N.G.a)
ASMNT 1.3 - map answer sheet.doc
ASMNT 1.3 - map (1).docx
ASMNT 1.4 values.docx

Lesson Sequence

Weeks #1/#2

Teacher introduction / procedures / classroom rules

First person introductions (cómo te llamas/me llamo, cuántos años tienes/tengo ...años, cómo estás? / estoy...), commands and expressions

Talk about why it's important to study Spanish.
Week #3

Have students research famous people.

Students share information about famous person with classmates.

Teach ¿de dónde eres? / soy de...

Conversation practice w/greetings, leave-takings, pleasantries

Introduce criteria for assessment #1

Week #4

Complete assessment #1

Teach all expressions in 3rd person.

Introduce the alphabet and use it to spell names and countries of origin.

Continue to practice with the map using the famous people.

Complete assessment #2.

Week #5

Complete practice and assessment #3.

Introduce cultural values.

Classroom discussions - compare contrast values

Week #6

Revisit expressions, numbers, classroom phrases

Complete assessment #4


Recommended (not required) Teacher Resources:

Latino Learning Modules Video http://youtube.com/watch?v=15jdTQIr7j4

Señor Wooly "¿Puedo ir al baño?": http://www.senorwooly.com/video/puedo-ir-al-bano

Lernen To Talk Show - https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL-ZtSIB5dQ4ZUVjrcKi5OTRYEO174UREA

The Iceberg Concept of Culture www.msdwt.k12.in.us/msd/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/iceburgofculture.pdf

Numbers and letters of the alphabet: http://www.videoele.com/A1_Numeros_y_letras.html

Countries and nationalities: http://www.videoele.com/A1_Paises-y-nacionalidades.html (listening activity - number the countries in the order you hear them)

Self introduction (Peru): http://www.laits.utexas.edu/spe/vid/beg08ex.html

Why learn Spanish: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X-Jbo1cVXM8&feature=youtu.be

Greetings and introductions: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lBkiK35_izU&feature=youtu.be

Greetings videoclip: https://sites.google.com/a/lsoc.org/spanish-language-recordings-by-native-speakers/listen-to-the-recordings-prompts-numbers-10-20/prompt-19-greetings-la-cortesia

Videoele numbers and letters: http://videoele.com/A1_Numeros_y_letras.html

Videoele colors: http://videoele.com/A1_Colores.html

Videoele days and months and holidays: http://videoele.com/A1_Dias_y_meses.html

Basic colors: http://www.purposegames.com/game/spanish-basic-colors-quiz AND http://www.purposegames.com/game/2acd17bb13 AND http://www.digitaldialects.com/Spanish/Colour.htm

Days and months: http://www.digitaldialects.com/Spanish/Daysmonths.htm

Basic greetings and farewells: http://www.purposegames.com/game/ea69181208

Webcams de Mexico by city: http://www.webcamsdemexico.com/index.html

Spanish-speaking countries quiz: http://www.purposegames.com/game/spanish-speaking-countries-quiz

Diferencias importantes entre las culturas.pptx
Some perceptions of Americans.docx
Videoele Paises y Nacionalidades.docx


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