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LATIN AMERICAN MAGIC
A project created for
Junior high or high school students taking
Spanish for Native Speakers or Advanced
Spanish or World Cultures by
Susan Massey e-mail [email protected]
Website
http://berners.bcoe.butte.k12.ca.us/~smassey/
Lesson Description
Using the Internet, students will prepare
presentations on individual Latin American
countries, focusing on high interest aspects of
culture such as popular music, sports and food as
well as geography and history.
Spanish Standards
• Students present information, concepts and ideas to
an audience of listeners.
• Students reinforce and further their knowledge of
other disciplines through the foreign language.
History Standards
Describe the recent history of the regions [South
America] including political divisions and systems,
key leaders, religious issues, natural features,
resources and population patterns.
Instructional Objectives
• Identify all countries on map of Latin America
• Explain demographics and recent history of a
selected country
• Share music, art, food, writing and sports figures of
selected country using appropriate audio-visual aids.
• Be able to locate information on the Internet, take
notes and copy pictures to project to class
Student Activities
• Surf Internet to see pictures of many Latin American
countries
• Research many aspects of selected country
• Prepare to speak from notes about selected country
using appropriate audio-visual aids.
• Take notes on classmates’ presentations.
• Take test on information from all presentations.
Successes of student project
• High degree of student involvement.
• High percentage of on-task time.
• Students demonstrated knowledge of their
country and enthusiasm for using technology
Pre/Post Test Results
120
100
80
Pretest
60
Post test
40
20
19
16
13
10
7
4
1
0
Minimal knowledge of subject
before project.
High scores on post test—too
high
Problems and Revisions
• Didn’t take
enough notes on
classmate’s
presentations
• Students slowed
down by lack of
technology knowhow.
• More specific
outline for taking
notes.
• More typed
instructions for
procedures linked
to website.
More Problems and Revisions
• Not all students
brought cultural
displays
• Website
instructions have
been made more
specific
• Not all students
• Must give more
demonstrated
direct instruction
good presentation
on
making
a
skills.
speech.
Will reluctant students achieve
more by doing a project?
120
100
80
Project
60
Last sem
40
20
19
16
13
10
7
4
1
0
High correlation between project grade
and previous semester grade.
The CTAP Experience
• Expectations: Learn to do a website, Powerpoint presentation, spreadsheet and graphs.
• Results: I learned to do a website, Powerpoint presentation, spreadsheet and graphs.
• Bonus: The teaching methods of the learning
technology staff and the step-by-step
instructions in the modules served as an
example for teaching my students how to use
technology.
I feel empowered,
thanks to Borderlink
and the Learning
Technology crew!
Alan
Kevin
Cindy
Linda
Mike
PS. I had a great time!