Taken from www.diariodelviajero.com
Unit / Lesson Themes:
Calendar, Holidays, Celebrations, Travel & travel plans
Cultural comparisons, cultural practices
Any level from 2-4 depending on task. Not ideal for a reading comprehension resource for level 1 students due to the use of vosotros and other advanced tenses. Bolded information is helpful because it would be comprehensible to novices. Other information in the article is not as comprehensible.
- Can be a resource to consult to create your own text for reading
- Can be a resource for the teacher to consult and learn from to give more context to a unit or lesson on cultural celebrations
- Have students create a travel itinerary in TL based on the information shared in this article
- Use facts about the festival and images as a part of a larger presentation on celebrations presented to the class using CI
- Use as a reading practice to reinforce travel planning related vocabulary
- Use as a model blog post that students can follow to create their own blog post for a different cultural celebration they research and write about as a blogger for www.diariodelviajero.
- Use as a source of information for a anecdotal presentation. Students use the information they read in this post as if it was their own experience when they went to the Festival of Ice. The students read the post, then personalize the information into a story about their own trip there. Would be great for a presentational speaking or interpersonal practice.
- Use the information about the Ice Festival to give students choices for an imaginary class trip. Have students debate and decide upon a destination of their choice, then justify why that choice is the best one for the whole class.
A Note from Amy:
The topic of this resource is not something from a Spanish-speaking country, but I don't think I have ever seen where cultural comparisons have to only be with the TL culture. I think this would be a highly engaging resource, especially the photos, because it could open the doors for students of different backgrounds to share/compare something from their own backgrounds during the course of the lesson. Something like this can be especially powerful if you teach at a school that has a very high concentration of students from one culture. Using this as an extension of your unit or lesson now exposes them not only to the TL culture, but another entirely different one. You would be getting 2 for the price of 1.