Investigaciones de Países Hispanohablantes

Our eight grade researchers have been hard at work writing a research paper and putting together a presentation about a Spanish-speaking country. This is the second round of research we have done in Spanish class this year and culminates our study of Spanish-speaking countries in the world. The remaining countries that students are researching are:

Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador, Nicaragua, Puerto Rico, Guatemala, Cuba, Honduras, Costa Rica, and Uruguay.

Our researchers were able to look at their country and then choose what elements of the country they wanted to research more. They chose two of the following topics to research:

  • History (what major events have happened in this country?)
  • Government/economy (what kind of money/government they have?)
  • Culture (what are some popular traditions in this country)
  • Geography (describe the landscapes in this country)
  • Tourism (where do tourists go and what do they see?)
  • Famous person, artist, writer, musician, athlete
  • Famous dance, sports, or literature
  • Holiday or customs
  • Fashion
  • Current events

We have had time in class to work on this project including a day to peer edit each others’ work. Our researchers had to look at everything they had learned from this year in order to help their classmates polish their papers. The girls have shared some very interesting facts with each other and I am looking forward to seeing their presentations!

Our last class together is coming up in the next few weeks. I have very much enjoyed getting to teach our eighth graders. You girls are incredibly driven, hard-working, and always have a great sense of humor. I hope you all continue your language learning because, as is already clear, you girls are going places!

¡Gracias por todo, mis chicas!

Las Noticias

In the next few weeks, seventh graders will be presenting their own news shows from Spanish speaking countries. Although the newscasts will be fictional, the information that they will be presenting will be true and found from sources that they have been researching.

Each seventh grader was given a Spanish speaking country and as well as a list of possible segments to research and report on.

  • The weather
  • Current events
  • Celebrities
  • Sports
  • Art
  • Health
  • Politics
  • Traditions

Over the last class days we have had time to work on our research and put together our broadcasts. On Wednesday, our newscasters took turns peer editing each others’ scripts. They drew from the Spanish they have learned over the course of the entire year to help their partners fine-tune their work. I look forward to seeing their final products!

Researching Spanish Speaking Countries

Spanish Speaking Countries

This week in 6th grade Spanish we are getting ready to kick-off our end of the year project to make a Spanish-speaking country pitch. To do this, we’ve been flexing our research muscles with these fantastic websites:

CIA World Factbook: https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/

Encyclopedia Britannica: http://www.britannica.com/

Country Reports: http://www.countryreports.org/

Country Watch: http://www.countrywatch.com/

Geographia: http://geographia.com/

TASA: http://www.travel-amazing-southamerica.com/

Our 6th graders have found fun facts (and sometimes not so fun facts) about Spanish speaking countries. Some that we heard today were:

Colombia is named after Christopher Columbus

Puerto Rico has a head of government (Alejandro García Padilla) and a head of state (Barack Obama)

Some of the languages spoken in Peru include Spanish, Quechua, and Aymara

Guatemala has one of the lowest adult literacy rates in Central America

The girls will soon be putting together travel pitches for their countries of focus to encourage their classmates to learn more about or even visit their country that they present on. In the coming weeks, the girls will be using their research skills that they have learned here to find information about their countries. They will show their classmates cultural, tourist, and historic information on these countries. I can’t wait to see what they come up with!