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Are All Spanish-speaking Countries the Same?

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Jessica Kessler

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Are All Spanish-Speaking Countries The Same? 7th-9th Grade
Spanish I Learning Objectives

The Student Will

1. identify unique aspects of different Spanish-speaking countries.

2. locate different Spanish-speaking countries on a world map.


3. work with other students in order to solve a WebQuest.

4. compare and contrast different Spanish-speaking countries.


5. explain why Spanish-speaking countries are different.

6. design a final project using technology.
Essential Question
What Makes Spanish-Speaking Countries Different? Description Of A WebQuest The United States Declaration of Independence has been stolen from the National Archives Building in Washington D.C. Señor Tráigalo and his band of “Ladrones” are the suspected culprits. Students are investigators working with the FBI. Señor Tráigalo only speaks Spanish and travels through only Spanish-speaking countries, leaving clues wherever he and his band go. In order to capture him and take back the Declaration, students in their groups will have to research traditions, holidays, national flags, etc., of different countries in order to pick up and decipher his clues. Ultimately, Señor Tráigalo and “sus ladrones” will be captured and the Declaration of Independence will be restored to its correct place in Washington D.C. ¡Ladrones! Objectives:
Students will locate Spanish-speaking countries on a map
and be able to compare and contrast these countries. Story With Xtranormal.com

In their groups, students will research one major historical event that took place/had an impact in their country.
Using the video technology at xtranormal.com, students will write a script and make a movie about that certain historical event.The
looks of the video do not exactly matter. What is important is that the historical information is accurate. The teacher should introduce the students to xtranormal.com by already having a movie made so that students will know what is expected. After seeing the example movie, students should research and make their video.
Jess Kessler Differentiated Instruction
Resource student:
Individualized instruction
Equal division in terms of individual student talent and creativity
Increased amount of time

Non-native Speaker:
Place students at the front of the class
Enunciating words
Choice of country to research

Gifted Student:
Group leader
Given a more difficult country to research



Assessment Summary
Peer and self evaluations

15 minute presentations of researched country

2-page final essay answering the question, "What makes Spanish-speaking countries different?"

Multiple-choice test using 2 questions from every group




Technology Rationale
I think that if technology can be incorporated into a lesson, it should be. There is a difference, however, to integrating technology into a lesson and integrating a lesson into technology. That is something that I not want to do. Even though technology is important, Spanish is not centered on technology and it shouldn’t be treated as such. In my Spanish classroom, I want to be able to integrate certain technologies in order to challenge my students to want to learn material. A WebQuest can be fun and engaging, and students learn key aspects of Latin American and Spanish culture while learning appropriate ways to search the internet. Using a Youtube video to learn a song about Spanish-speaking countries can be appealing and students should be able to recall all 21 countries that have Spanish as a number one language. Linking to a middle school classroom in Spain through Skype or having Spanish-speaking “pen-pals” through email is a use of technology that students may value forever. All of my uses to technology will have more than a use to just integrate it into a lesson. In my experience as a student, the lessons and facts that I am able to recall have been ones in which I have been actively engaged. As an educator, I will integrate technology into my grading as well as other personal aspects of teaching. Grading sheets, Rubistar, mail-merge letters, and some free teacher tools are all ways to make use of technology that will help save time that can be spent working with students.
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