Handout contains 17 questions related to the Argentine author, Julio Cortázar. Students are required to research the internet and turn-key the information in their own words in Spanish. Then using the information, they will write a short biography in Spanish for the author. Great activity for students to practice their writing skills. Webquest can be done in school with a visit to the school's library / computer lab or for homework prior to reading a short story in class.
If you're pressed for time, I would have students work with a partner or group of three. If you have blocked scheduling, then students can work independently and then the students can compare and contrast their answers with their peers the next class period. Teacher key is also provided.
I use the Webquest as a pre-reading activity prior to reading one of the author's short stories. I like for students to get to know the author before hand. After the Webquest, I like to use a video of an interview with the author that can be easily found on You Tube as a closing activity.
Key as well as useful links are provided for the Webquest.
Suggested stories to read in class according to Spanish levels after completion and discussion of the Webquest:
La casa tomada- Spanish 3 Honors (Great to review the Imperfect. There are numerous descriptive sentences in the story using the Imperfect)
La continuidad de los parques- Spanish 4 Honors (Great to introduce the concept of a story within a story)
La noche boca arriba- Spanish for native speakers and Spanish AP. (great example of Magical Realism and makes connections to Social Studies (Aztecs).