Heritage Speakers Unit: La felicidad

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This is a guided unit about happiness for heritage speakers class. This unit will get students thinking and engaging with one another about what it means to be happy.

Included are daily lesson plan instructions for the teacher. All of the materials for the unit are organized into folders according to the day.

All student materials are 100% in Spanish.

Duration: This is a 26 day unit (based on 57 minute class periods). This may take you longer than 26 days depending on how you pace the unit.

Format: Most materials are sold in PDF format (not editable).

Learning Objectives:

In this unit students will...

  • justify their responses with facts.
  • reflect on which factors play a role in happiness according to a documentary.
  • reflect on social media, how they use various platforms and how it affects their happiness.
  • express their own philosophy on happiness in the form of a quote.
  • examine the way the idea of achieving happiness has changed throughout the years.
  • identify the main idea or argument of an article.
  • listen to four different speakers talk about their opinions and views on the concept of happiness.
  • apply what they learn from these speakers by forming their own opinions based on what they heard.
  • investigate worldwide happiness according to the Happy Planet Index, World Happiness Report, and SURA Barometer of Happiness.
  • rate how happy situations, places or certain things make them.
  • look up synonyms for common emotions.
  • assess the causes of their emotions.
  • compare and contrast emotions and moods.
  • summarize a paragraph in their own words.
  • examine the frequency of their emotions.
  • create a pie chart of their moods.
  • identify a stanza.
  • identify rima asonante and rima consonante.
  • categorize self-care activities.
  • reflect on ways they can practice self-care.
  • reconstruct a story into a script in order to retell it and dramatize it.
  • retell/dramatize a story about happiness in small groups.
  • list what they are thankful for and practice gratitude.
  • make a list of their goals and dreams for their life.
  • create a vision board to plan their goals and dreams.
  • present their vision board to the teacher.
  • write a letter to their future self about what currently makes them happy.
  • demonstrate understanding of viable evidence, by searching articles for facts and statistics as evidence to support the stance they choose.
  • demonstrate an understanding of bias and confirmation bias.
  • research arguments for and against their assigned topic.
  • prepare evidence for their debate.
  • debate the key to happiness in front of the class.
  • discuss what they have learned in this unit in small groups.
  • read an article about the ten keys to happiness.

Inquiry Questions:

  • ¿Qué significa ser feliz?
  • ¿Te consideras una persona feliz?
  • ¿Qué tan feliz estás en una escala de 1-10?
  • ¿Cuál porcentaje de nuestro nivel de felicidad tiene que ver con nuestro sueldo, edad, y lugar de residencia?
  • ¿Es posible cambiar nuestro cerebro a través de la meditación?
  • ¿Somos más felices sin redes sociales?
  • ¿Qué es la felicidad para ti?
  • ¿Cómo puede cambiar nuestra idea de la felicidad a lo largo de la vida?
  • ¿Cómo ha cambiado la idea de la felicidad desde la generación de nuestros abuelos hasta nuestra generación?
  • ¿Qué te realmente importa en la vida?
  • ¿Se puede comprar la felicidad?
  • ¿Cuáles son los países más felices en el mundo?
  • ¿Cómo se compara la felicidad de los Estados Unidos y la felicidad de Latinoamérica?
  • ¿Qué te hace feliz?
  • ¿Cuál es la diferencia entre una emoción y un estado de ánimo?
  • ¿Cómo podemos cambiar nuestras emociones o estados de ánimo?
  • ¿Qué es un verso?
  • ¿Qué es una estrofa?
  • ¿Qué es rima consonante?
  • ¿Qué es rima asonante?
  • ¿Qué puedo hacer para cuidarme a mí mismo?
  • ¿Cuáles son los elementos esenciales de la historia?
  • ¿Por qué estás agradecido?
  • ¿Cómo cambia mi idea de la felicidad a lo largo de mi vida?
  • ¿Qué es un argumento?
  • ¿Qué es la argumentación?
  • ¿Qué es evidencia?
  • ¿Qué califica como buena evidencia?
  • ¿Cómo saber si la evidencia es factual?
  • ¿Cómo preparar la evidencia?
  • ¿Cómo se prepara la evidencia para un debate?
  • ¿Cuál es la clave de la felicidad?
  • ¿Cómo nos hace felices conocernos a nosotros mismos?

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