Valentine’s Day in other countries is not always how we think of it in the United States. Other countries celebrate their loved ones on a variety of different holidays! This authentic text looks at gift ideas for Dia del Amigo in Argentina (Friend’s Day).
Note: This authentic text doesn’t get into the history of the holiday. It is more of a practical list of gift ideas (perfect for Spanish I, as it’s not too wordy). Just a heads-up! :o)
• Target Audience – Spanish I or II high school, 9th-12th grades
• Students Language Level – Students should be at a Novice Low/Mid level
• Materials – Valentine’s Day in other countries is not always how we think of it in the United States. Other countries celebrate their loved ones on a variety of different holidays!
• The authentic text about gift ideas for Friend’s Day (Día del Amigo) is from a blog online. A copy of the text is included, and no changes were made; students will see the text in its authentic form. I recommend printing a class set of the authentic text in color (to show the photos) and keeping them in sheet protectors. Students will answer questions on their own worksheet. If you have access to technology, I included a QR code to the reading you could print out or project on your board as well!
*Note: The website has been removed, so you will be linked to a PDF of the blog post!!
• Steps for reading –
o Pre-reading: First, quickly identify where Argentina is on a map. Then look at the pictures and title of the text as a class. Ask for volunteers to say what they think this text will be about and why they think that.
*This demonstrates critical thinking skills to the other students.*
o Then, students will answer 5 comprehension questions about the text, as well as look at where the information is coming from by identifying links and other things on the blog.
o After the reading comprehension questions, students will complete a matching exercise to see if they can figure out all of the gift possibilities mentioned on the blog!
o Note: The assignment is in English to prove comprehension. Upper-level classes often do comprehension checks in the target language, but as Spanish I students, English responses are the only way to guarantee that the student understands what he or she read.
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