**Approach detailed in this unit recognized as BEST OF PA by PSMLA 2013**
Within the context of unit exposing students to variety of narrative styles set in the past so as to create a meaningful context for practice of production and analysis of simple past tenses in Spanish, I have created a mini-unit consisting of four 84-minute blocks that introduces students to a variety of myths commonly found in the Amazon as well as a look into a cultural topic of interest relevant to the overall theme. Students are initially exposed to six short summaries of well-known myths used as a segue to contextualizing a cultural-impact lesson and as an introduction to a more rigorous four-page myth that spans two days in its in-class development and review. Students are assessed using a variety of formative and summative approaches throughout the lessons in order to ensure progress and readiness for the benchmark communicative objectives that conclude the overarching unit on narratives in the past.
The basis of introductory lesson (Day 1) uses myths transcribed from personal photos taken of a wall in Nauta, Peru celebrating its town’s rich indigenous culture. This lesson serves as the foundation to raise awareness and encourage discussion of the sociopolitical theme of linguistic oppression of indigenous languages in the Amazon (Day 2). The following lessons (Day 3 and 4) develop and scaffold student comprehension of the indigenous Guaraní myth titled El regalo de la diosa luna, found in the book Leyendas Latinoamericanas by Glencoe McGraw-Hill. Day 3 provides a unique approach to making authentic texts accessible to second language learners through the incorporation of the Interactive Read Aloud strategy commonly found in first language elementary classrooms.
This unit concludes with a presentational performance task which may extend this unit more than 4 days if the teacher desires. All assessment requirements, guidelines, and rubrics are included!
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