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Every year, Americans around the nation get together to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15th through October 15th. The contributions Hispanic Americans have made to the United States are endless and inspiring, and they have had a profound and positive impact on our county.

Cultural Images & Activities for your Spanish Classroom - Free Resources for Spanish Teachers

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Aug 03

Thank you to all the teachers who shared their cultural images with us as part of our Professional Development Summer Series, Training Session #1: 8 Steps to a Productive Summer (Step 4)! Please enjoy and share these images and activities with your Spanish class!

Picture 0419

Picture 0411

Levels- May be used at all levels with level-appropriate adjustments.

I use it for High School, Spanish 3B-4A

Target vocabulary- Los Indígenas de México

Target grammar- El subjuntivo

Cultural element- Las Pirámides

The 1st picture (0419) is used to promote conversation after a unit of study on the indigenous peoples of México and/ or as a review of the subjunctive mood.

The following are question examples for the subjunctive mood:

  1. ¿Porqué viene tanta gente visitar esta pirámide? (Pista: Es el 21 de marzo.)
  2. Si esta pirámide está en Chichén Itzá, ¿Cómo se llama esta gente indígena?
  3. ¿Si hubieras estado en Chichén Itzá el 21 de marzo, lo que habrías visto bajando la pirámide?
  4. ¿Hay algo que te sorprende o no te sorprende de esta foto? Explica.
  5. ¿Qué es dudoso de esta foto? Explica.
  6. ¿Cuáles materias de escuela secundaria habrían inscrito los adolescentes mayas si asistieran a Trenton? ¿Porqué?
  7. I then tell the students a story about the woman with the red and white umbrel que no sepas lo que pasó con la señora y su paraguas rojo y la: A menos que estuvieras en Chichén Itzá el 21 de marzo, puede blanco (segunda foto - 0411).

I would allow this conversation to go where the students took it, reminding them to exercise their knowledge of the subjunctive mood. Students are also asked to tell a story about someone in the crowd - picking anyone they would like and making up any details they wish to embellish! As a differentiated alternative for lower level students, I may have them re-tell the story of La Serpiente or something else they have read about the Mayan in their own words."

- Marci Gutiérrez


Graffiti, Albaicin, Granada, Spain, summer, 2012

Level: any (grades 7–12)

Target vocabulary: description of art

Target grammar: subordinate clauses

Cultural element: universality of revolution, struggles of the people

-Diane Chamberlain

Spanish Teacher, NBCT

Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica, Los Sevillanos-LHS Advisor


I took this photo in Costa Rica and have enjoyed using it in class.

Level: 3–9 open markets

Target vocabulary: fruits, vegetables, food, colors,expressions related to shopping, numbers

Target grammar: present tense, adjectives, comparatives, likes and dislikes.

Culture: learn the concept of an open market and importance of bargaining to get the best price. Also we can include the cultural element of plazas and squares where many public markets take place.

- Melissa Drummond

Spanish Teacher, St. Paul Catholic School


Level: 3–9 open markets

Target vocabulary: fruits, vegetables, food, colors,expressions related to shopping, numbers

Target grammar: present tense, adjectives, comparatives, likes and dislikes.

Culture: learn the concept of an open market and importance of bargaining to get the best price. Also we can include the cultural element of plazas and squares where many public markets take place.

- Anita Mosser


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