Material World- A unit on world homes

If you don’t have Peter Menzel’s photo books Hungry Planet-What the World Eats and Material World, please buy them.  The images are ALL OVER THE INTERNET but his work is spectacular and I want teachers to support him as a photographer!  I’d love to see him update these projects!

I wanted to do a unit in level two where students could talk about their own homes and possessions but also dig deep into what people in other parts of the world are lacking!  I’ve been amazed by how they performed as we worked our way through image talks, comparison and contrast, and deep thinking about how much we really have!  This is just the first draft of the unit but I’d like to share in case you’re looking for a way to bring the world’s people to your classroom!

I relied heavily on some suggestions from the National Geographic community for the supplemental resources.  If you’re not a National Geographic certified educator, I’d highly recommend it!  Access to the community and the suggestions alone is worth the time to create the portfolio!

Homes Unit Proofed

Author: senoracmt

I began teaching Spanish in Illinois in 1994. I have taught levels 1-4 in a small rural high school, 8th grade introductory Spanish, Biology 1, and 101 and 102 at the community college level. My Spanish classes are partnered with the community college to offer students 8 semester hours of dual credit on completion of Spanish 4. In 2011 I met Carol Gaab and Kristy Placido and have since co-authored the book "La hija del sastre" with Carol Gaab and authored the novels "La Calaca Alegre", "Bianca Nieves y los 7 toritos." "Vector," "48 horas" and "Bananas" through Fluency Matters. In 2006 I became National Board certified and I have been serving as a mentor both for candidates seeking certification in world languages other than English and a virtual mentor for candidates in all certificate areas. I completed my Masters degree in Spanish education in 2011 and did my research on the use of Understanding by Design to create meaningful cultural units for the language classroom. I am a frequent presenter on this topic, please consider me if you are interested in a workshop on backward design. In 2013 I was named the ICTFL Foreign Language teacher of the year and in 2014 I was selected as CSCTFL's teacher of the year. In November of 2014 I was lucky enough to be one of the five finalists for the ACTFL National Teacher of the Year in San Antonio, TX. What a "Cinderella" experience! You can reach me via email at senoracmt at gmail.com.

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