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Unit Template

*Based on the Keys to Planning


Language and Level/Grade:
Spanish: Novice High to
Intermediate Low / 11th grade

Approximate
Length:
Approximate
number of minutes
weekly:
Number of lessons
in the unit:

4 weeks
200 min/week

10

Theme/Topic:

Contemporary Life: Celebrations

Enduring
Understanding(s):

What a culture chooses to celebrate indicates what is


important to the people of that culture. Celebrations of
similar ideas in different countries may have similar
customs or may be vastly different.

Essential Question(s):

How does where I live influence what I celebrate?

Unit Goals: Language


and Content

SWBAT:
Identify important common celebrations among Spanish
Speaking countries
Identify celebrations unique to specific Spanish speaking
countries
Describe activities typically done to celebrate common
festivals in Spanish speaking countries
Ask and respond to simple questions regarding
celebrations in their own country and families
Compare celebrations in their culture with those in
Spanish speaking countries

Summative
Performance
Assessments:

Interpretive Mode:
Students will read an article about a celebration in a
Spanish speaking country and write a paragraph
comparing the celebration and a similar celebration in
their country.

Interpersonal Mode:
Students will ask one follow up question about the
presentation of their classmates. Students will respond
to questions about their celebration.

Presentational Mode: Students will create a


presentation on a unique celebration in a Spanish
speaking country. Students will present the information
gathered about their unique celebration in the Spanish

speaking country

Standards/Benchmarks to be addressed:
ACTFL World-Readiness Standards
Culture:
Products: cultural celebration
Practices: gathering as a group to partake in festivities
Perspectives: celebrations build and maintain relationships
among family, friends, and neighbors

Products: birthday cake


Practices: type of cake and traditions surrounding
eating/serving
of the cake (i.e. la mordida)
Perspectives: Its not a birthday unless youre wearing your
cake
(at least a portion thereof)

Connections:

Making Connections:
Social studies: world cultures
- relating to family, friends,
neighbors and co-workers.
Connecting to community
through celebrations.

Comparisons:

Communities:

Acquiring Information and


Diverse Perspectives:

Language
Comparisons:

Cultural Comparisons:

School and Global


Communities:

Lifelong Learning:

Ask community members


who are spanish speaking
about celebrations in their
family (birthdays, Christmas,
etc.) or in their home
countries (Independence
Day, Mother's/Father's Day,
etc.)

Develop empathy and


understanding for
celebrations of other
cultures.

Cultural comparisons between


methods of celebrating family
celebrations
Cultural comparisons of
important holidays (both existence
and purpose)

Common Core:
N/A

Other State Language Standards or Benchmarks:


ISTE:
Communication and collaboration:
Students will communicate information and ideas effectively using a variety of media
This will be accomplished through their choice of media when making a
presentation about a holiday from a Spanish speaking country.

Research and information fluency:


Students will locate, organize and ethically use information from a variety of
resources. - Accomplished during research for the presentation.
Evaluate and select information sources and digital tools based on the
appropriateness to specific tasks. - Presentation delivery method.
Critical thinking, problem solving and decision making
Students will identify and define significant questions for investigation. - Pre-planning
stage of research for presentation.
Students will plan and manage activities to complete a project - Backwards design
based on due date of project and amount of time available to complete the
project.

Toolbox
Language Functions:
-

Related
Structures/Patterns

Compare celebrations
of TL country and own.
Exchange information
in written form
Deliver information in
spoken form
Request additional
information

Present tense of all


verbs
Question formation

Read an article about the variety


of celebrations in a Spanish
speaking country.
Form and respond to questions
regarding information in an article.

Tier 1:

Celebration
names / types
Vocabulary
related to
celebration
activities

Tier 2:

Key Learning Activities/Formative


Assessments
Key Learning
How does this
Activity/Formative
activity support
Assessment
the unit objectives
(language and
content)?
Watch Da de los Muertos video
on PlayPosit

Vocabulary Expansion

Students will answer


the questions and read
the information added
into the video. Students
will look for differences
in the celebrations of
Halloween and Da de
los Muertos.
Working in small
groups to help in
comprehension and
discussion of cultural
comparisons.
After scanning an
article students will
formulate and write
down three questions
that might be answered
in the article. After
reading, students will
exchange questions
with their partner.

Mode of
Communication:

(Interpretive)

(Interpretive/Interpersonal)

(Interpretive/Interpersonal)

Complete Venn Diagram


comparing celebration practices in
US and Target Culture

Partner will answer


based on information in
text.
Explain rational for
putting ideas in each
region of the diagram.
This will help students
synthesize reading and
comparison information

(Interpretive/
Presentational)

Resources

Technology Integration

PlayPosit
Various articles/websites
Quizlet
Quizizz
Kahoot

iPads
SmartBoard