Who was Fanny Calderón de la Barca?

Who was Fanny Calderón de la Barca?
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Who was Fanny Calderón de la Barca? She was a 19th-century traveler whose letters provide an intimate glimpse into Mexico. Whereas the great majority of travel writing is from a male perspective, hers is a woman’s description of Mexico just a few years after its independence from Spain. A witty, intelligent observer, her letters provide a fascinating look into Mexico.

Turning the tables. Instead of analyzing another society, how do others see your society? Who has better insights, a foreigner or a native? Whereas teenagers are obsessed with how others see them as individuals, the unit asks them to reflect on how foreigners see them.


· Reading

· Comprehension

· Grammar - Preterit extension exercise on the life of Fanny

· Critical thinking. Find the theme of each letter.

· Discussion topics (3). Related to theme: How do others see us?

· Research paper. (2 large topics) Famous travelers / women writers.

· Listening. Lecture on Fanny (7 minutes, can be shorter) available on YouTube. Vocabulary provided.

· Answer key, Short teacher´s guide, Test questions.

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9 pages
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Teaching Duration
2 hours
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