Welcome WCPSS teachers! The resources from our workshop today are here. Thanks for stopping by!
Today is our last day of classes, and we are wrapping up with one of the most-requested activities of the year: Breakout Boxes. I’ve found them to be a mind-boggling challenge for students that re-energized a love for learning… and taught content and soft skills along the way.
This semester we did Breakout activities three times in two classes: Spanish 2 and AP Language. Level 2’s topics were Quinceañera/McFarland USA (some quinceañera activities are adapted from the amazing Martina Bex) ; AP’s were based on the novel La Guerra Sucia from Fluency Matters and season 1 of El Internado (thanks to Dustin Williamson). I’ll gladly share the materials for the Quinceañera & Guerra Sucia breakouts–just email me with the request.
The activities are challenging to build, but it’s so gratifying to see students diving in and grappling with the adventure. See some pictures below!
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As I’ve mentioned previously, we watch In the Time of Butterflies as a prelude to reading Felipe Alou. Here’s a resource I created that uses jigsaw exploration of three infographics related to the issue of violence against women and the UN day on the same issue that is named in honor of the Mirabal sisters.
The first two pages are done as a group. Then they break into 3 jigsaw groups and use worksheet A with infographic A, B with B, and C with C. Next they come together, prepare a Venn Diagram, and then create a PSA to share what they have learned. Even though it’s short & sweet, I think it’s important to get some of this info in front of our students in case they or someone they know ever needs it.
I’m returning to the Spanish 2 classroom tomorrow after several weeks in the background as my student teacher has been leading those classes. Our last unit is called Caras Inolvidables (Unforgettable Faces) and is built around biographies of several well-known people from Spanish-speaking culture. We will read the Felipe Alou book from Fluency Matters, watch the film Selena, and will work with mini biographies along the way. This year we are liberated from having to give a formal final exam, so I’m working on developing an autobiography project to wrap things up.
Tomorrow we are beginning a gentle entry into the unit to get reacquainted and also accommodate the students who will be taking AP exams this week. I developed this resource (Felipe Alou + Robinson Cano intro) to help us with some pre-reading activities before diving into the book. Hope it is helpful to you!
Here’s a quick activity that has students shop for clothing in Spain to replace their lost luggage. After “shopping” online in stores that our exchange students have recommended, they prepare a brief video telling what they bought (similar to a haul video). Click here to download the file: Lost Luggage
What a pleasure it has been to be back in the land of good food (Portillo’s, Culver’s Gino’s East, Potbelly, Cafecito, Garretts‘), amazing friends (too many to name!), amazing radio (WXRT), efficient public transportation that works, and my home state of Illinois.
Thanks for visiting, y’all.
You will find the resources from my session on Social Justice in the Intermediate Spanish Class here.