Two thematic units.
One of the joys of writing thematic units about unusual subjects is that they appeal to students that don't often see their own interests reflected in the materials. The two units come directly from students' requests. One student asked for something on sports and if possible on baseball, the other wanted something on animals. Once the students suggested these subjects, I then took the entire summer to write the units. So in fact, the ones requesting, often just got one exercise or one reading because it takes me months to put a whole unit together.
Unit 1. República Dominicana: El béisbol
Poverty? Baseball? We don't very often get a chance to deal with these subjects at this level. Go beyond the stereotypes of Caribbean baseball players and find out why there are so many in the Big Leagues today.
Unit 2. Puerto Rico: La rana coquí
Explore some fun science facts about the coquí, a tiny tree frog with a very loud call. In this species, the male cares for the eggs and guards them until they hatch. Read all about it.
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1. Subject matter: sports; science (amphibians)
2. Vocabulary: sports; climate, machismo
3. Grammar: ser / estar / hay
4. Oral practice: sports seen as an industry; gender questions
5. Homework: sports, athletes; women
6. Internet: Key word list to facilitate a search
7. Answer key
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