This 3-day unit introduces students to el coquí, the beloved little frog native to Puerto Rico. Using the example of the coquí, students will reflect on the use of animals as symbols for different places and the reasons why these animals are elevated to this status. Students will also compare and contrast animal sounds from culture to culture, recognizing that these words vary depending on the sounds of each language.
Interdisciplinary Topics: This unit refers to interdisciplinary topics such as onomatopoeia (language arts) and, briefly, animal taxonomy (science). The history and mythology of several countries is also addressed, as this impacts the portrayal of animals in various cultures.
Level: The unit may be adapted for various levels of Spanish. The reading provided here is appropriate to students as early as Spanish 1, as it is almost entirely in the present indicative. However, the themes presented are still appropriate to higher levels and would be fitting for any level by adjusting how much is explained in the TL or by adapting the reading. The final writing assignment may also be made more complex (changing it from writing a short poem in the present indicative to a myth in the preterit, for example).