Oil not only fuels our engines, it soils our oceans. When the oil tanker Prestige sank off the coast of Galicia, the entire coast line was affected. Like the Exxon Valdes in Alaska, the consequences for the ecology of the region and the livelihood of its inhabitants were colossal. A discussion on our dependence on oil will raise important subjects.
Saint James is said to have visited Galicia twice and according to legend is buried in Santiago de Compostela. A cathedral marks the spot and serves as magnet to thousands of pilgrims. During the Middle Ages, pilgrims walked to Santiago from as far away as Germany; today the Pilgrimage Road to Santiago is filled with modern pilgrims of all ages. Whereas in the past they came to receive absolution for their sins, discover why today's pilgrim walk for months on end. The unit is written from the point of view of a several pilgrims, all with very different goals. This unit also includes a game on the Camino de Santiago that highlights both the peril and the pleasure.
Also available in a BUNDLE that includes other thematic units dealing with Ecology.
1. Ecology; The Amazon basin / Potatoes; 2 units for SP Intermediate 2. The food chain, potatoes in this case, is essential to our livelihood. Find out what happened when the food chain broke and more.
2. Ecology and tourism; Chile´s wonders; 2 thematic units for SP Intermediate 2. Our fruits and vegetables now come from all over the world. When it is winter in the northern hemisphere, many of our fruits and vegetables come from South America. Chile grows many thousands of acres of vegetables and fruits not all friendly to our planet. Find out more....
3. El Camino de Santiago / El Prestige; 2 units about Galicia. SP intermediate 2. The Prestige is the name of the oil tanker that spilled and polluted the Spanish coast. What a disaster!
Subject matter: ecology, history, legend
Vocabulary: ecology, pollution, pilgrim/pilgrimage
Grammar: imperfect, preterite
Oral practice: each individual counts; the best and worst of El Camino
Homework: plant a tree; research into topics of interest
Internet: key words list to facilitate a search and further research
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