Thursday, March 14, 2019

Current Immigration Articles 2019


Youth at the largest children detention center in the U.S.
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I've been posting about Immigration since I started this blog nine years ago. The issues around this topic evolve and change often, so here is a collection of recent articles (with audio provided for many of them) related to what is currently happening around different aspects of the topic.

Many of the articles focus on what happens to youth who come to the border.

Here is a interactive website where you can learn about the U.S. and Mexican border.
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Create a new blog post in your Spanish Blog Portfolio (or send an email to your Spanish teacher), title it the same as this blog post, and answer one of the following questions in complete sentences based on these images.

Monday, March 11, 2019

No Te Calles


Throughout the history of music there are many protest songs. Here is a recently released song in Spanish.





Create a new blog post in your Spanish Blog Portfolio, title it the same as this blog post, and complete 2 of the following tasks
  • This song is about standing up and fighting for something you believe in. If you were to go out to the streets to protest something, what would it be and why? Explain 
    • You can follow up by going to this website related to the song and share your reason to be out in the streets and not be silenced.
  • Look up the lyrics and identify 5 keywords to translate from Spanish to English.
  • Create a brief biography of Ruben Blades in your own words. 
  • What other protest songs do you know about? Create a list of at least 3 and what they are fighting for.

Thursday, March 7, 2019

100 Billion Words

For the Superbowl this year Google made an advertisement. Check it out below.


Create a new blog post in your Spanish Blog Portfolio, title it the same as this blog post, and answer 2 of the following questions in complete sentences based on these images.
  • Check out Google Translate phone app. What are 3 different features you could use the app besides just typing in words?
  • Try out one of the features and share how it went.
  • Select a time in this video and explain where you think it takes place. What evidence do you use to make that guess?
  • According to the ad, what are the most translated words? Why do you think that is?
  • Do you think this is a good or effective ad? Explain your answer.

Monday, March 4, 2019

How Y’all, Youse and You Guys Talk

One of the hardest things about being a World Language teacher is that there usually isn't just one direct translation or one way to say something. In fact, there are many examples of different translations for the same word. Did you know we have that in English too?






Create a new blog post in your Spanish Blog Portfolio, title it the same as this blog post, and complete 2 of the following tasks
  • Take the quiz here and screen shot your score.
  • Is the score reflective of where you are from? Explain. 
  • Take screen shots of the weirdest questions and include them in your post. 
  • Have you ever experienced a situation where you use one word (in English) and someone didn't know what you meant? Tell the story.

Monday, February 25, 2019

Girls Around the World

I recently posted about This is 18, a photo series from the New York Times that follows girls from various countries. Here are a few more resources where you can learn about girls around the world.

Girlhood Around the World is a series of articles about what life is like for a girl in a different country.

#15girls is a series of articles and radio news pieces that profile teenage girls around the world.


Create a new blog post in your Spanish Blog Portfolio, title it the same as this blog post, and answer one of the following questions in complete sentences based on these images.
  • Skim the title of the articles and the summaries. List 5 things that you've learned/realized/wonder about as you preview the articles. 
  • Select one of the articles or audio pieces and read/listen to it and summarize the article in 4-5 sentences. 
  • Explain how your life would be different if you were in the situation that is highlighted in one of these articles. 
  • Explain how your life is similar to the situation that is highlighted in one of these articles. 

Monday, February 18, 2019

Getting Around Latin American

Many people in Latin America get around in ways we are not familiar with in the United States. Watch the video below.






Latin America: Getting Around from Cultural Jambalaya on Vimeo.

Create a new blog post in your Spanish Blog Portfolio, title it the same as this blog post, and answer 3 of the following questions in complete sentences based on these images.
  • How do you get around now? Is it different depending on where you're going?
  • Did you know about any of these ways of getting around Latin America? Which one? Are there other ways you've heard/seen?
  • Put the modes of transportation in the order you'd like to take them, with 1 being the best. Explain your order.
  • Look up more information about transportation in Latin America and share what you've learned.


Thursday, February 14, 2019

This is 18


This is 18 is a photo series from the New York Times that follows girls from various countries. to highlight how being a young adult looks different around the world.

Create a new blog post in your Spanish Blog Portfolio, title it the same as this blog post, and answer 2 of the following questions in complete sentences based on these images.
  • Check out the mixtape and listen to the songs - select your top 3 and explain why you liked them. What 
  • View what they eat for breakfast and compare it to your breakfast. Which breakfast looks the most appetizing? The most different? Would you eat all of them? Explain.
  • Read about Obdulia from Mexico. Summarize what you've learned about her. Find more information about her indigenous group and share what you learn.
  • Read about their family traditions. What is a family tradition that you have?
  • What is one thing you learn about a country, city or culture that you didn't know before?
  • Scroll through the interactive and choose one girl to analyze carefully. What is something interesting you learn about her? What details draw you in? Explain.