Category Archives: Rights & Solidarity

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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soluciones

The blog 3.500 millones, sponsored by Madrid’s print and on-line newspaper El País, focuses on solutions to seemingly intractable problems such as la pobreza, la contaminación, el sobreconsumo y la indiferencia.  In their own words “3500 millones es la mitad de la población … Continue reading

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cosas que puedes hacer con Cajas de Cartón (el cuento corto), Parte 1

Students can get into Cajas de Cartón, the widely-read short story by Francisco Jiménez, by examining sustainability themes.  The ideas below focus on using the title to explore multiple perspectives and experiences within the story and beyond, as well creative … 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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Yasunízate-should some oil be left in the ground?

In 2009 Ecuadoran president Rafael Correa offered a pact to the world:  If the international community contributes to a fund to offset half the cost to the national economy, Ecuador will refrain from exploiting the oil reserves beneath its Parque Nacional … Continue reading

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“Una Carta a Dios”-reading literature through a sustainability lens

Una Carta a Dios, a short story by Gregorio López y Fuentes, appears on many intermediate and advanced Spanish reading lists.  Below are a few ideas for integrating sustainability themes into the analysis of the story.  (Scroll to the end … Continue reading

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Walter Solón-“La Conciencia Social del Arte”

Walter Solón Romero (1932-1999), a multi-faceted and prolific bolivian artist, believed in the power of art to transform the world.  During his lifetime he suffered imprisonment, torture, exile and the “disappearance” of his stepson.  His art reflects suffering and hope, … Continue reading

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el juego de pan: sustainable economics & fair trade

One good, authentic use of the target language is to role-play buying and selling:  it’s practical, communicative, engaging and puts into play a variety of grammatical strategies and vocabulary.  In addition, we can easily integrate cultural products and practices, such … Continue reading

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