Monthly Archives: July 2012

Como la vida misma

Como la vida misma, the short story by Rosa Montero, puts you in the driver’s seat during a morning traffic jam in an anonymous city.  Humorous at times, the present tense, second person narration pulls you into the stress, aggression, euphoria, … Continue reading

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Ágata y las Olimpiadas: Contaminación del aire y los derechos de niños y niñas

The Olympic Games in London this summer surely will leave us with new heroes and heroines and inspiring stories to tell.  Here’s another perspective on the hopes and dreams of young athletes.  La red por los derechos de la infancia … Continue reading

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Tox Town y la Salud Ambiental

“¿Sabe usted qué riesgos para la salud ambiental existen en su comunidad?”  The National Library of Medicine has produced a Spanish-language version of Tox Town, an interactive web site created for children to learn about health hazards in their environment. … Continue reading

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más sobre los árboles: la diversidad, la historia, la literatura…

In the sixteenth century when the Jesuits, for better or worse, carved out their missions deep in the forests of South America, they came across a tree they named quebracho–“quiebra hacha” or “axe breaker”–for the surprising heaviness and hardness of the … Continue reading

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Un Anuncio Incómodo de España

Below are some video spots on climate change.  I’ve used the first spot from Spain, “Cambiemos el mundo sin cambiar el planeta,” as a listening exercise, discussion starter and grammar practice (present perfect -indicative and subjunctive) using this handout: un anuncio … Continue reading

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Cuentos: La Vida en el Bosque Tropical

You’re probably familiar with the Rain Forest Alliance.  In addition to the Spanish-language version of their web site and excellent curriculum materials in English, you can download seven libros de cuentos virtuales about children living in rain forests in Central … Continue reading

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sobre los árboles

Once I lived in a place with no trees.  No instrument for the breeze, no background green, no rest for the eyes, no branch to climb, no bark to float, no leaves to trace, no fruit to snitch, no tap … Continue reading

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