¡Bienvenidos amigos! This project will be
an ongoing one throughout the year. Its purpose is to expose you to various
aspects of the Spanish-speaking language and culture that are not covered
in class. It allows you to select (or create your own) projects that interest
you personally. Each project is worth between 5-30 points, depending on
the amount of work involved. You must compile 30 points, however you may
do more than 30 points for extra credit. Some of the projects will remain
the same (such as current events articles and art projects) and some will
be customized to the current chapter of study. Repetition of the same
project is not allowed. You must choose different projects each quarter.
Read and follow the updated guidelines below carefully!
STATUS REPORT SHEET = January 21st
EXTRA CREDIT POINTS = NO LATER THAN January
REQUIRED PROJECTS (30 PTS. TOTAL) = THE WEEK OF February 7th
No late projects will be accepted!
1. Anything that is written must
be typed, double-spaced with a 12-pt. font.
2. Any sources used for information
must be documented in bibliographical form. There are different ways
of citing your
source, depending on whether your information comes from traditional print
(books, magazines, etc.) or electronic sources (Internet, CD-ROM.) Mrs.
Holstein or I will give you examples.
3. All research must be presented
your own words.
4. Grammar and spelling will
5. Please put the project
number on all paperwork in the upper left corner.
6. If you need help, see me
or email me: email@example.com
7. DO NOT PROCRASTINATE!
a project well in advance of due dates. Choose your project carefully -
you will do your best if you select one that is of interest to you. Some
require a written report only, some require class presentations such as
oral reports, audiovisual presentations, some require food preparation,
and some require a short trip somewhere with a parent. A variety of activities
was created to appeal to all students and your courses of study. However,
topics are not limited to the ones listed here. Please see me if you have
other ideas that you would like to pursue.
8. Do your very
best work. You may be asked to re-do a report that has not followed
the above guidelines. Sub-standard work is not acceptable.
(An * indicates that a worksheet is required.)
IF YOU LIKE TO READ…`
1. CURRENT EVENTS ARTICLES:Find a minimum
of 5 articles in the newspaper or a magazine related to current news in
the Hispanic world. Present them in a neat format with your impressions
on how the events depicted in the article impact the people involved and
on their culture. (15 pts.)
2. BIOGRAPHY OF A FAMOUS HISPANIC –Write a biography of at least
two typed, double-spaced pages describing the life and contributions of
a famous Hispanic in the world today. (10 pts.)
3. MAKE A LIST OF SPANISH WORDS AND PHRASES that you read in English
books and magazines. Write down the word or phrase in Spanish and then
define it in English. Also, write the full sentence or describe the context
in which it was used. You must quote the source of your material. (1 pt.
per expression, up to 10 pts. total)
4. READ A CHILDREN’S BOOK IN SPANISH TO A FAMILY MEMBER. Obtain
the signature(s) of your audience as well as an adult who witnessed the
reading. Write a paragraph telling what book you read, who you read it
to, and your and their reactions to the book See me to borrow a book if
you cannot find one in the library. (10 pts.)
5. READ AN ARTICLE FROM A SPANISH MAGAZINE OR NEWSPAPER. Turn in
a copy of the article with all the cognates circled. (5 pts.) You may do
two articles for 10 pts.
IF YOU LIKE TO COOK OR EAT…
*6. CREATE AN "EVENING IN MEXICO/SPAIN/PUERTO RICO," ETC. FOR YOUR FAMILY.
Prepare an authentic meal from a Spanish-speaking country for your family.
Set the mood by providing a simple menu, music, decorations, etc. You will
select the recipes, prepare the dishes, and serve your family. Document
the evening with a video or photos. Obtain the worksheet ("Meal for My
Family") which will require answers from both you and a few family members
on your dining experience. Recipes must be approved in advance by your
parents. (30 pts.)
7. COOK FOR THE CLASS! – Prepare an Hispanic or Spanish delicacy
for us to try. Plan to describe the preparation of the dish as well as
provide samples. Be sure to bring whatever is necessary to serve your food.
Food may only be brought in on designated days. You must turn in a copy
of your recipe, which must be pre-approved by me and your parents. (25
*8. COMPLETE THE ‘GUIDED ADVENTURE IN A SUPERMERCADO" – All directions
are on the worksheet. (10 pts.)
*9. COMPLETE THE "GUIDED ADVENTURE IN A LATINO RESTAURANT." - All
directions are on the worksheet. Taco Bell does not count! You will need
to speak a little Spanish at the restaurant, so I recommend that you call
the restaurant of your choiceahead of time before going to make sure that
someone on the staff speaks Spanish. The worksheet has some recommended
restaurants. (20 pts.)
IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN HOLIDAYS AND TRADITIONS…
10. GREET AT LEAST ONE MEMBER OF YOUR FAMILY with a kiss on each cheek
everyday for one week without telling them why. Write a brief, typewritten
paragraph to describe the reactions of your family to this typical Spanish
greeting. You must obtain the signature of your "victim" on your summary.
11. BRING IN AN ARTICLE OF CLOTHING, COIN OR STAMP COLLECTION,
OR OTHER SOUVENIR/ARTIFACT FROM A SPANISH-SPEAKING COUNTRY. Describe
briefly to the class its origin and other facts of interest. (5 pts.)
12. RESEARCH OTHER CUSTOMS, HOLIDAYS, FESTIVALS, AND TRADITIONS
in Spanish-speaking countries and prepare an oral report, poster or PowerPoint
presentation of your findings. (15 pts.) Topics are not limited to the
ones listed here. Suggestions for possible topics include:
IF YOU LIKE MUSIC OR DANCE…
*13. COMPLETE "A GUIDED ADVENTURE IN A MUSIC STORE." – All directions
are on the worksheet. (10 pts.)
The Day of the Dead ( El día de los muertos)
The Night of the Radishes (only in Oaxaca, Mexico)
The Legend of Juan Diego and the Lady of Guadalupe
Cinco de Mayo
Fiesta de San Fermín ( the Running of the Bulls)
Semana Santa (Holy Week)
Three Kings Day (El día de los Reyes Magos)
The Legend of La Llorona
14. LATIN MUSIC is becoming very popular in the United States. Research
a popular Latin singer, present a typed, one-page biography and play your
favorite song of the artist for the class. Also, include a visual aid,
such as a photo. (15 pts.)
15. LATIN DANCE is regularly seen on T.V. Research an Hispanic or
Spanish dance, such as the tango, flamenco, samba. Provide a short oral
summary of the background behind the dance. Show a brief video, and/or
demonstrate it yourself! This project can be done with a partner. (15 pts.)
16. FOR THE MUSICALLY TALENTED – Record on a cassette your performance
of a song by a Spanish or Hispanic composer or your singing of a song in
Spanish. Write a brief paragraph about the composer or describe the meaning
of the words you sang. (15 pts.)
IF YOU LIKE ART AND ARCHITECTURE…
17. CREATE YOUR OWN ARTWORK that shows influences of at least one Latino
artist. Explain how this influence is represented in your work. Provide
examples of a piece of work by the artist. You can consult with your art
teacher for suggestions. (15 pts.)
IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN HISTORY OR POLITICS…
33. RESEARCH A HISTORICAL PERSON such as an athlete, musician,
artist, or author of Hispanic descent. Also consider ancient cultures such
as the Aztec, Maya and Inca as sources for study. Prepare a presentation
in your own words, including a minimum of two typed pages and at least
one visual aid to share your findings with the class. (15 pts.)
18. Create your own "GUIDED ADVENTURE IN AN ART MUSEUM" Make a list
of the Spanish works of art, the artist of each, date of the work, a description
and your reaction to each. Provide a photo or postcard of at least one
example. (20 pts.) Depending on the museum you visit, you can also visit
and describe an exhibit on pre-Columbian artifacts. (Aztec, Mayan, Inca,
Mesoamerican are examples.) Complete the same details as listed above.
19. USE ONE OF DIEGO RIVERA’S MURALS to explore a period in Mexican
history. Select five people depicted in the painting who had a major impact
on Mexican culture and history. Research each one. Write a paper with a
short description of the characters and their impact upon Mexico’s history.
20.RESEARCH A FAMOUS HISPANIC OR SPANISH ARTIST. Write a typed,
two-page summary in which you describe his/her life, works and impact on
the art and culture of their country. Photocopy at least one of your favorite
examples of their work to include in your report. (15 pts.)
21. MAKE A PIÑATA - Create your own version of this popular
Mexican party tradition. Be able to explain to the class the steps
involved in making it. Fill it with a small amount of candy if you
would like to share it with the class. (up to 30 pts.) There
will be a linit of 3 per class, so it's first-come, first-served!
SEE ALSO #36 – CREATE A COLLAGE…
IF YOU WANT TO PRACTICE YOUR SPANISH…
*22.INTERVIEW A PERSON WHOSE NATIVE LANGUAGE IS SPANISH. Directions
are on the "Interview" worksheet. Questions must be cleared by me in advance
and must include questions about their culture. (15 pts.)
23. TEACH THE CLASS - Create a 10-minute mini-lesson with a worksheet
in which you teach 15-20 new vocabulary words. Se me for ideas.
Your lesson must be pre-approved. (15 pts.)
See ALSO #9 – TO PRACTICE YOUR SPANISH IN A LATINO RESTAURANT…
IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN TV AND MOVIES…
24.WATCH THE NEWS IN SPANISH for approximately 15 minutes and make a
list of all the words you understand. Turn in this list with the English
and Spanish translations along with a video of the program you watched,
the time and the date. (10 pts.)
*25. COMPLETE THE "GUIDED ADVENTURE IN A VIDEO STORE" (see worksheet)
in which you visit a video store and list all the Spanish movies and Latino-theme
movies you can locate. (10 pts.)
26. VIDEOTAPE A PROGRAM on television relating to any Spanish-speaking
area that could be of value to the class. (15 to 60 minutes) Prepare a
2-3 paragraph oral or written description to share with the class and a
10-question quiz to turn in along with the tape. (15 pts.)
*27. RENT AND WATCH A MOVIE in Spanish or a movie in English that
deals with Hispanic themes. Due to the fact that many of these films are
rated PG-13 or R, you must first obtain written parental consent before
attempting this project. Complete the worksheet "Spanish Video" for this
project. (15 pts.)
28. VIDEOTAPE 10-20 MINUTES OF COMMERCIALS ONLY from the Spanish
channel. Make a list of products advertised and important vocabulary for
each one. Turn in the typed list with the videotape. (15 pts.)
29.SPREAD THE WORD – Prepare a brief presentation for the school-wide
morning announcements related to the study of Spanish, a "Did you know…?"
speech about the people or interesting facts about the countries. You could
also do a brief biography of a popular Latin singer and play an excerpt
from his/her current song. You should include some visuals in your presentation.
This is geared for the Mass Communication students and must be approved
by me and your Mass Com. teacher. (20 pts.)
IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO EXPLORE CAREER POSSIBILITIES RELATED TO
30.RESEARCH AT LEAST THREE CAREERS where knowledge of Spanish or other
foreign languages is important. Summarize your findings in a short paper
or poster presentation suitable for display in the classroom. Document
your information in a bibliography. (10 pts.)
*31. INTERVIEW A PERSON who uses Spanish extensively in his/her
job. Complete an "Interview" worksheet in advance. (15 pts.)
32. INVESTIGATE SPANISH/INTERNATIONAL STUDIES PROGRAMS at
three universities. Summarize your findings, including foreign language
entrance and exit requirements for the programs in a poster or other visual
format suitable for display in the classroom. (10 pts.)
34.THE NAFTA AGREEMENT has had a major impact on the economic system
in North America. Research and write a two-page typed paper, or other means
that would effectively detail the pros and cons of the North American Free
Trade Agreement. (15 pts.)
35. RESEARCH THE SPANISH CONQUEST OF MESOAMERICA IN THE 1500’s. Explore
the history, but also concentrate on the effects the conquest had on the
native peoples’ cultures. Explain what effects are still present today.
Summarize your findings in a three-page report or presentation of your
choice. (20 pts.)
36. DO YOU LIKE TO CREATE MAPS? – Research the exploration of the
New World by the Spanish explorers. Create a poster-size map in which you
detail the routes of at least five Spanish explorers. Your map must contain
all the required map components (title, key, scale, etc.) (15 pts.)
37. RESEARCH THE MEXICAN-AMERICAN WAR. Write a two-page paper on
its events, dates, and the effects on the people living in the former Mexican
Territories when the war ended. Include a map or other visual. (15 pts.)
IF YOU LIKE TO TRAVEL OR GO SHOPPING…
*38. SEE # 8, 12, AND 22 FOR A ‘GUIDED ADVENTURE" TRIP to a supermarket,
video store, or music store.
39. FIND AT LEAST 10 FOODS OR ARTICLES OF CLOTHING commonly available
in stores in our area that originate from Spanish-speaking countries. Compile
a list of the products, what country they come from, and where you found
them for sale. (10 pts.)
40. CREATE AN ORIGINAL COLLAGE on construction paper or poster board
using at least 10 ads or labels in Spanish from products found at home
or in publications. Neatness is important. The name of the product should
be visible or labeled by you. (10 pts.)
41.WATCH A VIDEO
OF A SPANISH-SPEAKING COUNTRY. Prepare a 10-question quiz with
answers to go with the video. Write
a one-page paper explaining what you like best and least and comparing
the elements of U.S. cualture with that of the country in the video.
Include the title, length, and location/source of the video. ((15 pts.)
TAKE A WALK ON BROADWAY (IN FELLS POINT!) - Visit the center of the
Hispanic community in Baltimore. Make a list of the places you visited,
what you saw at each location, and some of the people you spoke with.
Take photographs or a video. Bring back a Spanish newspaper or other
souvenir of your field trip. Give a five-minute talk to the class
about your experience. (30 pts.) For the complete experience,
have lunch at Lista's on the waterfront and complete project #9 during
the same trip. (30 pts.) You can use #9 as extra credit, or
save it for next quarter's project.
43. MAKE A TRAVEL BROCHURE. Investigate a Spanish-speaking country
for information that would interest a person planning to travel there.
Create a neat and detailed travel brochure for the country, exhibiting
what you have discovered. Include a map of the country, the capital and
important cities, pertinent geography and climate, points of interest,
and any other important information. (20 pts.)
44. CREATE A PHOTO
ESSAY. Perhaps you have already traveled to a Spanish-speaking country
or a region of the U.S. where Spanish culture is evident. Prepare a photo
essay with captions describing your experience, or use souvenirs or other
memorabilia from your trip. Present your trip to the class. (20 pts.)
45.MY DREAM VACATION.
Select at least three articles from travel magazines or chat with a travel
agent about one Spanish-speaking region. Read the articles, write a minimum
of a three-paragraph summary of each one and tell why you would like to
visit there. Include a bibliography and a photocopy of the location you
would like to visit. Then, call an airline and inquire about the cost of
a round-trip ticket to this location and include in your report. (20 pts.)
IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN THE INTERNET…
46. SURFING! – Explore Spanish-related areas of the Internet and
design a project around your discoveries. Internet access is available
in the Media Center or Public Library if you do not have it at home. This
will required advanced planning on your part. See me after trying out some
prospects.( Point values will be determined by the complexity of the project
you choose). Here are a few possibilities:
IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN ECOLOGY…
47. THE RAINFOREST… Create a project of your choice related to the preservation
of the rainforest and/or conservation of natural resources in Spanish-speaking
countries. Discuss with me how you would like to present your material
and we will determine the point value. Possibilities - poster, diarama,
PowerPoint presentation, short documentary for the morning announcements,
etc. Plan ahead!
48. YOUR OWN IDEA …Please see me before the status report date
of January 21st if your have a project that you would like to be
considered. I am very flexible! The objective is for you to have fun while
learning about Spanish culture. You will do your best work if you choose
a topic of high interest to you!
¡ BUENA SUERTE!
Monitor the progress and updates of a Mayan ruins excavation in Mexico
by Maya Quest.
Visit 3 differenct Spanish-speaking news websites such as "CNN en español'
and write a one-page report on your findings. Include a copy of each
Choose any other research topic of interest to you. Some suggested
sites are listed in my Web Page. Go to:
READY TO BEGIN YOUR RESEARCH? Click
here for lots of information!
* Many thanks to Ms.
Bethanie Carlson of Chicago, Illinois for her ideas for this project.