If you haven't read the short story, "Las Medias de los Flamencos" by Horacio Quiroga, you are missing out! It's a great tale, full of talking animals on the banks of the Parana River in South America. It tells the story of how flamingos came to have their pink color. Do a Google search for the story (it's all over the web). I have created a vocabulary list and crossword puzzle, have made some in-class activities to help learn the story, and have written review questions and a test, all of which you can download in this 14-page packet. The kids LOVE this story, and they gain a ton of new vocabulary from the project!
It's best suited to a "very strong" Spanish 2 class, or Spanish 3+. It's a challenging story, and includes many regional words, native to the Uruguay/Argentina areas.
After studying the story and taking notes in the margins, I have the students re-tell the story by creating a PowerPoint. They then present in pairs to the class. In the 14-page packet for download, I have done all of the leg-work for you. Just print, copy and go!
By the end of the unit, your kids have gained a TON of vocabulary and descriptive phrases and are ready to take the QUIZ and/or TEST! And the best part?? I tell them, "Now, when you take your little brother, sister, or cousin to the zoo, you can tell them the "true" story (in Spanish of course) about how flamingos became redish in color."
Have fun with this project!!!