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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.

Let’s All Share a Meal – Resources for your Spanish Classroom

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Dec 16

Andrea Roberson

Each family has their own family traditions during the holiday. That’s what makes this time of year so special. Whether your traditions include gathering the family together over presents and a meal or avoiding family and spending the holiday alone, there is a tradition involved. So I thought it would be nice for your students to share a little piece of their family traditions in a visual presentation.

There are only three requirements for this project:

  • First, students must create a visual presentation for their project about what they do and what they eat during the holiday season.
  • Second, students must write a one-page paper to explain their visual presentation.
  • Third, students must present their presentations to the class.

Students have so many options for this project, but the point is for them to express themselves in a manner that represents who they are as a person, their family influences, and their knowledge of the foreign language. Give students the following options to assist them in the organization of their visual presentations.

Poster                                                                                      Power Point Presentation

Write and Present a Song                                                     Drawing or Painting

Picture Collage

It is important you let students know you are not grading them on their family traditions. Their grade is for the way they present their traditions. This is a great lesson in tolerance and understanding, so please let students know that no one is judging them, no matter how strange their traditions may seem to other people.

I’ll give you an example. My family always eats until we are about to pop then we watch sports all day. We ALWAYS eat baked ham, homemade macaroni and cheese, collard greens, green beans, mashed or roasted potatoes, dinner rolls, sweet potato pie, and some kind of cake. And sometimes the sports watch us because we’re all asleep on the sofa. I can’t tell you how many pictures I have with my family members asleep on the sofa or video of someone snoring. It happens every year, yet we continue to do the same thing. We may not get too much awake time together, but I would call it quality time. The point is. . . we spend time together.

Good luck with this project. I hope the students will inspire and encourage you during this holiday season. Happy Holidays!!!

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Maria Carmen King January 15, 2012 at 2:44 AM Reply
Good lesson plan. How many days it takes you to complete it?
Andrea Roberson January 17, 2012 at 6:16 PM Reply
The great thing about this project is that it can be done from home, so you don’t have to dedicate much class time to it. All you have to do is give the students a handout with the expectations of the project along with a rubric. On this day, I would give students 10-20 minutes to read the project expectations and to ask you questions. This way, there won’t be any excuses on presentation day. We all remember the dreaded “I didn’t know what to do so I didn’t do it” excuse. Then choose a day for presentations. I know how overcrowded the classrooms are these days, so please set a time limit for each presentation. This will help you with time and classroom management. I hope this helps, and I appreciate your question. Good luck!
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