Category Archives: A Sense of Place

más actividades para la primavera

En el huerto de primavera:  try something new! We have a school garden and I was surprised when we visited the garden recently that most of my Spanish 2 students couldn’t predict what they would find growing there in the spring … Continue reading

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actividades para la primavera: planeta sano, yo san@

 Here’s an assignment to integrate sustainability themes into a Spanish 2 unit on health vocabulary.  Grammar points=preterit and imperfect contrast, commands (formal or informal), future tense or future expressions (ir + a + infinitivo, etc.) and possibly present tense subjunctive. … Continue reading

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los fenómenos naturales y los seres humanos

Our essential question for the official, textbook related “environment” chapter in our Spanish 3 class is “How does the natural world impact you (human beings)?  How do you (human beings) impact the natural world?  This question, of course, unnaturally plucks … Continue reading

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cosas que puedes hacer con Cajas de Cartón, parte 2

Environment and sense of place  Environment, climate and geography play an out-sized role in the lives of Panchito’s family, and others like them, by  pushing them towards new places as single crops planted in large scale for the national market ripen … Continue reading

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Vamos a la playa

Vamos a la playa, a mí me gusta……¿bailar?  ¿nadar?  ¿tomar el sol?  ¿LIMPIAR?  My students love to talk about (and sing about) the beach.  But no one likes to see the trash that washes up on shore.  This September 2012 … Continue reading

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La Conquista de las Américas

It is difficult to avoid the implicit (and at times explicit) racism in most re-tellings of the conquest of the Americas:  “The defeat of the Aztec and Incan civilizations by small bands of Spanish conquistadores must reflect the superiority of … Continue reading

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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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