La gramática a través de los cuentos de hada y leyendas: El imperfecto contra el pretérito

Author: Diana Shortall


Lamberton High School

Year: 2010

Seminar: Multi-Cultural Fairy Tales: Portals to the Humanities

Grade Level: 11-12

Keywords: fairytales, Foreign Language, La Llorona

School Subject(s): Languages, Spanish

The curriculum unit will focus on exposing students to legends and fairy tales from around the world as  an approach to teaching the grammatical concept of the preterite and imperfect tenses in the Foreign Language classroom. Students will be exposed to not only the grammatical aspect of the unit but will also demonstrate awareness of other cultures as a result of researching the legend La Llorona. Students will discover that reading in the target language can be an enjoyable task in addition to a learning tool. Students will use the reading passage as a basis for developing not only their reading skills in the foreign language but also to develop their writing, speaking, and listening skills. These four skills are essential to achieving communicative competence in the target language.  As we read the legend and fairy tales, students will apply critical thinking skills and make predictions and comparisons.  Furthermore, the students will have the opportunity to research tales from their own background and   reflect on their heritage as well as appreciate their own and other cultures. These activities allow students the opportunity to not only read in the foreign language but also to reflect on their own lives and understand their own culture. Students will be given the opportunity to creatively write and perform in the target language. The overall intentions of this unit are to provide students interesting, relevant materials that are authentic in nature in order to inductively teach what is arguably the most challenging grammatical concept for foreign language students to grasp.

This curriculum unit intended for a Spanish 2 High School level class. The unit will extend across a 2 week period, with a total of six lessons and a variety of assessments

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