Have you ever wanted to just get away? That’s been how many are feeling here recently, so we have been participating in a little escapism and role play to study some famous Spanish-speaking people.
This week in Spanish, seventh graders have been assuming the identities of famous Spanish- speakers from all over the world and done investigations into some film directors, fashion designers, novelists, and artists who speak Spanish. A few names of people who we investigated were Gabriel García Márquez, Rita Moreno, Carolina Herrera, and Guillermo del Toro. After randomly drawing a character from an envelope, students looked into their famous person’s past, importance, job, and home country. Then, they moved on to interview everyone else in the class who also took on the roles of famous Spanish-speakers so everyone could learn more about each famous person. At the end of that, students chose which famous people were of greatest interest to them and created profiles for three different people that were featured on our list of famous people.
In these profiles, students not only talked about and described each individual, but they also had to write a brief description about why each person was important, not only to his or her Spanish-speaking community, but also to the individual students. After this research was over, students shared what they found out with each other in small groups.
This activity has helped students build some important language skills like asking questions, using the verb ser (to be), and learning vocabulary related to jobs and professions. As students interviewed each other pretending to be famous Spanish-speakers, they communicated only in Spanish; once again filling our classroom with the music of their voices in Spanish. Great work to all of them!