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Happy Hispanic Heritage Month!...(or whatever month it is when you’re looking at this). This project series grew out of my desire for my students to dig a little deeper in their cultural understanding of other (Spanish-speaking) countries. Especially in my IB and AP Spanish classes – many tasks require the students to have cultural knowledge, not just linguistic capabilities. I found that my students were sorely lacking in authentic cultural understanding. They often resorted to stereotypes, over-generalizations, or simply had no idea. In addition, we know from personal experience that our learning is so much deeper and more impactful when associated with culture. Many “textbook based” cultural lessons are pre-packaged, limited, out-of-date, and just plain inaccurate. Most textbooks give students random cultural trivia about almost every place, as opposed to a deeper knowledge about a few places. Those “mile wide” systems also teach culture with a focus on what some teacher or developer thought was relevant, rather than on the student’s personal interest and research.
This is the third project in a series. I have my students sign up by a country/territory, and they keep that same country through each of the projects. My classes max out at 30 students, so I limit it to two students maximum can sign up for each country. This way, they end up with some deeper knowledge about at least one country’s culture. In the first project, the students get to know demographic details about ‘their country’ and begin to research through various AP/IB/and other themes. This project is a art project – in which the students research an artist, an artistic style/genre or medium, etc. – then they create an original work of art based on what they researched . I also have a cooking project, among others in the series. I spread these projects out throughout the year, but you could certainly do them back-to-back or all during Hispanic Heritage Month. You could also do the same project(s) multiple times per year, but have the students working with a different country each time.
Since my classes are upper levels, we use the Spanish only version of this project, but I will include the English version of the project as well in case you wish to use it with novice language learners.
1.Teacher Tips & Extensions
2.Project guide (Spanish version)
3.Project guide (English version)
4. Country/Territory sign up sheet, and Google Drive link for digital version (in case you wish to make a digital copy and have students sign up electronically)
5.Rubric based on a 300 point scale (Spanish version and English version)
6.Examples pictures of past student work (student works of art) for you to model in your class [if desired]
7.Sample list of some of the most popular artists/art forms to scaffold student search and/or supplement your artistic knowledge
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