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Class Assignments: Cultural Awareness

CULTURAL AWARENESS OF SPANISH SPEAKING COUNTRIES

CLASS DESCRIPTION:
No textbook. No homework. All materials are supplied each week in class, however students are expected to keep materials in a notebook and bring it to class each week. Students are graded in participation as they learn about different Spanish-speaking countries: customs, traditions, legends, myths, social etiquette, holidays, foods, political structures, educational opportunities, and location on a map. Simple vocabulary words or phrases will be presented every 2 weeks, through children's songs & games, also with hispanic roots. A short quiz every other the week reminds the students what has been presented.

CULTURAL AWARENESS CLASS ESSAY

Periodically you will be required to write an essay about the material presented in this class.

DETAILS: Write 2-page essay in English, (double-spaced)using full sentences, correct grammar describing the cultural awareness you have gained, and the information you have learned about Spanish-speaking countries. You could easily write a paragraph about each country we have studied and accomplish the 2 page requirement. Another idea would be to write a paragraph about each activity in which you participated in class. There are special social customs you have learned, (for example; the etiquette connected with Yerba Mate.) Describing a game or dance could be another paragraph. I've included a list of information you might want to include. Some of these items may not be enough for an entire paragraph. Try to compare and contrast with our American customs, traditions, and culture. (ie. "In America we usually eat at 6:00, but in Peru, they eat much later.")

Information is not limited to, but may include:

- name of a country
- historical information (battles, revolutions, government, settlements)
- heroes (name, what they accomplished or attempted to)
- legendary figures (from myths, stories, & legends)
- monetary units
- myths, legends (characters, moral or lesson from story)
- customs (from any aspect of life)
- foods & recipes (your impressions of the food)
- meal customs (how often, times, table manners)
- indigenous people (history, language, customs)
- geographic interests (places of interest, to visit, unique to the area)
- songs (the background, if it has any special meaning, who sings it, to whom it is sung)
- games (how to play them, how much fun they were, why they were played,
- dances (background, why, etc..)
- music (songs, dance music, instruments, time period, historical background. )
- education laws (ages required, cost, etc..)

WEEKLY SCHEDULE


WEEK 1
IN CLASS: Recipe Sharing
Vocabulary: Places 
Cultural Focus: Honduras
Read aloud book: Puedo Brincar

AT HOME: Practice vocabulary and locating the country discussed on a map. 


WEEK 2
IN CLASS: 
Vocabulary & map quiz
Game: Naranja Dulce
Song: Los dias de la semana


WEEK 3
Vocabulary : Numbers, Dates, Time 
Read aloud book: Desayuno de Huggles 
Cultural Focus: Colombia

AT HOME: Practice vocabulary and locating ALL the countries previously discussed on a map. 


WEEK 4
Vocabulary & map quiz
Game: Los Angeles
Read aloud book: La Comida
Song: Cancion de las horas

Note: The first week of November or the last week in October we will be studying about the Mexican Holiday, dia de los muertos, which is a day of remembrance of their dearly departed. This holiday is very misunderstood due to cultural differences. Please talk to your parents and, with their permission, be prepared to share a story about an ancestor, or family member to the class.


WEEK 5
Share family stories
Cultural Focus: México (dia de los muertos)
Book: the Legend of the 2 Volcanos

AT HOME: Practice locating ALL the countries previously discussed on a map. 



WEEK 6
map quiz
Write a summary, report in class about what you have learned about different countries (in English) 
Art: Make a Mexican flag
Song: El Zapatero
Read aloud book: El Pastel


WEEK 7
Vocabulary: Animals 
Cultural Focus: Argentina
Customs: Mate, voz, vosotros 

AT HOME: Practice vocabulary and locating ALL the countries previously discussed on a map. 



WEEK 8
Vocabulary & map quiz
Read aloud book: Que es Huggles
Write summary of things learned in class. 


WEEK 9
Vocabulary: Colors
Read aloud book: Colores
Cultural Focus: Uruguay

AT HOME: Practice vocabulary and locating ALL the countries previously discussed on a map. 



WEEK 10
Cultural Focus: Puerto Rico
Stories: Juan Bobo, Medio Pollito, La Princesa Orgullosa
Read aloud book: Pollito Pillon
Song: Tengo Una Muneca
Game: Hand clapping game


WEEK 11
Vocabulary: Shapes & Sizes
Read aloud book: Pinata Pinata
Cultural Focus: Paraguay

AT HOME: Practice vocabulary and locating ALL the countries previously discussed on a map. 



WEEK 12
Vocabulary & map quiz
Game: La Vibora de la Mar
Read aloud book: Nuestra calle
Song: Fray Felipe



WEEK 13
Vocabulary: Clothing & Shopping
Read aloud book: Anita y su Mama
Cultural Focus: Puerto Rico

AT HOME: Practice vocabulary and locating ALL the countries previously discussed on a map. 


WEEK 14
Vocabulary & map quiz
Dance: la raspa
Read aloud book: Temprano por la manana
Song: matarilerilero



WEEK 15
Vocabulary : Kitchen, Foods & Table Utensils 
Read aloud book: Sali por Paseo
Cultural Focus: Peru
Music of the Andes

AT HOME: Practice vocabulary and locating ALL the countries previously discussed on a map. 



WEEK 16
Vocabulary & map quiz
Game: Materilo-rilo-ro
Read aloud book: Vanessa, Vanessa 
Song: Cuchillo, Cuchara, Tenedor


WEEK 17
Vocabulary: Commands, Actions, Body parts 
Read aloud book: Sara, Sarita
Cultural Focus: Chile
Write summary report on what you have learned about Latin Countries

AT HOME: Practice vocabulary and locating ALL the countries previously discussed on a map. 



WEEK 18
Vocabulary & map quiz
Game: Simon Says 
Read aloud book: Vamos a Remar
Song: El barquito



WEEK 19
Vocabulary: I like it. I do not like it.
It hurts. It does not hurt 
Read aloud book: Gato y Perro
Cultural Focus: Guatemala

AT HOME: Practice vocabulary and locating ALL the countries previously discussed on a map. 


5 May 2008
Shasta College cinco de mayo celebration
11:00 – 1:00
Area near the gym & cafeteria




WEEK 21
Vocabulary: Invitations Places & Addresses
Read aloud book: El Autobus
Cultural Focus: Nicaragua 



WEEK 22
Vocabulary & map quiz
Game: El Lobo 
Read aloud book: Peces son animales
Song: Las Mananitas



WEEK 20 
FINAL: Vocabulary & map quiz
Game: Flash cards & Simon Says
Read aloud book: Sombreros y Gorras



WEEK 23
Vocabulary: Telephone Conversations 
Read aloud book: Ninos y ninas
Cultural Focus: Cuba

WEEK 24
Vocabulary & map quiz
Art: platos
Read aloud book: tres cerditos
Song: Tengo una muneca

WEEK 25
Vocabulary: Directions Left & Right 
Read aloud book: Leon y raton
Cultural Focus: El Salvador

WEEK 26
Vocabulary & map quiz
Game: directions map
Read aloud book: 
Song: senora Santa Ana

WEEK 27
Vocabulary: Going to School
Read aloud book: Llaman a la puerta
Cultural Focus: Costa Rica 

WEEK 28
Vocabulary & map quiz
Music activity: La Bamba
Read aloud book: Ana & Pepe
Song: 

WEEK 29
Vocabulary: Family Relationships 
Read aloud book: Amo a mi familia
Ana & Pepe continued

WEEK 30
Vocabulary & map quiz
Art: cards & letters to family 
Read aloud book: Angus y el gato
Song: 

WEEK 31
Vocabulary: Friends & Adjectives 
Read aloud book: Soy Una Hoja
Cultural Focus: Bolivia

WEEK 32
Vocabulary & map quiz
Art: begin a pinata
Read aloud book: Como crecen los gatitos
Song: Mi burrita

WEEK 33
Vocabulary: Vacation: more places 
Read aloud book: Clifford
Cultural Focus: Spain

WEEK 34
Vocabulary & map quiz
Art: pinata, second layer
Read aloud book: La Valiente
Song: Patito Patito

WEEK 35
Song: El zapatero
Read aloud book: 500 palabras
Cultural Focus: Dominican Republic 

WEEK 36
Vocabulary & map quiz
Art: decorate pinata 
Read aloud book: El Sandwich mas grande
Song: Andaba la Rana Cantando

WEEK 37
Song: Mambru
Cultural Focus: Mexico (5 de mayo/ 16 Sept)

Paper mache - Mexico

WEEK 38
BEAN & SEED MOSAICS
materials:
pieces of heavy cardboard or paper plates
Black markers (non toxic)
Assortment of beans and seeds, e.g., dried beans, pinto beans, peas, corn, rice, etc. (Students could bring in a 1/2 pound of whatever kind of dried beans and seeds)
Zip-Loc plastic baggies, 
White glue (Elmer's or any similar brand is fine)

VOCABULARY: Line, Shape and Color.
Line -- a boundary between two shapes or areas; and a mark that forms part of the formal design of a picture distinguished from the shading or color. 

Shape -- form, create; to give a particular form or shape to.

Color -- the aspect of objects and light sources that may be described in terms of hue, lightness and saturation for objects and hue.

INTRODUCTION: In the Mexican culture they use designs to tell the story of important events in their history. Draw or show several pictures of different designs that are representative of this and while showing the different designs introduce the ideas of line, shape and color. 

STUDENTS use lines to draw their design, they are limited to four colors (BEANS, SEEDS). 

ACTIVITY SEQUENCE:
1. Have the students think up what they want their design to be, e.g., an Aztec design, the Mexican Flag, etc., show you (the teacher) the design. 

2. Have the students draw their design on a piece of heavy cardboard 5" x 5".

3. Choose the four colors of beans and seeds they wish to use. Have the students place the beans and seeds into individual plastic baggies, with their name on the baggies.

4. glue the beans and seeds around and within the outlines of their design, until the entire surface of the cardboard is covered. This part of the activity will take a couple of sessions, so as to allow the glue to dry.



WEEK 39
MOLAS (origins: Panama)
A Lesson in the Basic Principles of Design by Making Molas

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