Two contrasting thematic units, high culture and low culture. Some subjects appeal to some teachers and students, others have different tastes.
One of the great joys of teaching Spanish is that there are so many fun subjects. And these two units are about as different as you can get, one dealing with a writer, print media, and the second with television and soap operas. Both worked well in my classroom and I hope they will also find favorable responses in yours.
Unit 1. La telenovela
Love, love, love! The whole world is interested in the subject! Latin American soap operas are sold to over 100 countries and watched by millions the world over. What makes them so popular? With the information on themes and the vocabulary provided, your students will write their own soap operas. Enjoy!
Unit 2. Jorge Luis Borges
Learn about Borges's life from early childhood to old age by comparing his life to examples from your students reality. Since Borges was blind, (he inherited an illness that progressively blinded him), the unit deals with the five senses and how people cope with disabilities.
Here is what the two units include. You can also read them both by clicking on the Preview button above.
Subject matter: television, literature
Vocabulary: television, literary genres, the five senses
Grammar: past tenses: perfect, preterit, imperfect
Oral practice: movies, actors, directors, a survey; theater
Homework: interview with an author, painter or photographer; write a TV soap
Internet: key words for Net search
Model tests and teacher's guide
Entirely in the target language.