Be bold! Try completely new subject matter! My students love these units.
When you look up to the sky, do you really see a Big Dipper or do you join the stars in such a way that you visualize a dipper? When Magellan looked at the sky, he saw a cross and called it the Southern Cross. But when the indigenous people of Chile saw the same stars, they saw the head of a bird. Compare the two interpretations. Relate them to the power telescopes and the scientific discoveries in the Atacama Desert. This unit helps students understand multiple realities.
Popular music is of great interest to many students and teachers. Read about Latin America's biggest song contest in the Chilean coastal city of Viña del Mar. Compare this music festival to North American award ceremonies and discover ´the monster.´
Subject matter: astronomy, popular music, Isabel Allende
Vocabulary: the sky, myth and legend, music, story, novel
Grammar: pronouns; future
Oral practice: the Zodiac, astronomy, astrology; traveling to a festival
Homework: flags and constellations, the Zodiac, science fiction; festivals, phobias
Internet: key words list to facilitate a search and further research
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