I'm very pleased to share with you one of my favorite projects that I do with my Spanish 1 students every year. This is what we call our "Cultural Project." Essentially, each semester, students self-select and explore a topic about Hispanic/Latinx culture that interests them from a provided list. They then sign up for a Friday to present their topic to their classmates. Each Friday, we start class with 2 to 3 student-run cultural presentations. It's been a wonderful way for students to get to explore topics that we otherwise wouldn't have time for, and students really enjoy getting to dig in to a topic of their choosing!
Because I use this in a Spanish 1 classroom, I allow the students to present in English (although they are expected to introduce themselves and their topic in Spanish). However this rule, as well as any of the other guidelines I have in my personal use of this project, could easily be modified for your classroom needs.
This packet includes:
a) a sheet explaining the parameters and expectations of the project
b) a rubric to evaluate student presentations
c) a student sheet that they will hand in the day of their presentation, in which they summarize their learning about their topic and list their sources
d) an extensive list of possible topics, including Hispanic/Latinx: holidays, foods, natural wonders, music, dances, artists, writers, literature, politicians/activists, athletes, celebrities, musicians, and legends
e) a sheet that students use to record information about other students' presentations. (I will often have a section on each test asking students which student presentation they found most interesting, and what they learned about the topic)
There may be some fonts used here in the Microsoft Word files that aren't pre-loaded on your Microsoft word. Those fonts are:
• Bangla MN - found here: goo.gl/muZ8Ty
• Zapfino - found here: goo.gl/iQRQ95
I have included both Word and PDF files of all documents for your ease of use.
Happy teaching and learning!