In Spanish 203-204 at the college level there is a lot of grammar and literature, we do that in Spanish 4… In the 300 levels, they do some great stuff like study films and plays and really get deep into cultural topics… So why can’t we do that too? I already love using film and cultural studies, now I think I want to develop four different quarter long units to use during Spanish IV.
Each would revolve around a piece of literature, a film, and a specific cultural topic… So now to think of what to do… I already have quarter 1… La Guerra Sucia. We can do the three films I already use and read Guerra Sucia from TPRS publishing. So that leaves me with three quarters to fill. I have El Norte and The Motorcycle Diaries… Maybe something with those two? They are definitely too mature for any of the younger levels. Maybe a unit about Che? They could really debate whether he was a hero or a bad guy…. Next year’s fours won’t have read Esperanza from TPRS publishing so maybe we could include that with our study of El Norte… I do El Salvador and Spain’s Civil Wars in Spanish 3… So some of my favorite movies are already taken by fourth year.
Anyone have any ideas for quarter long units?