Cinco de Mayo plans for this week

Cinco de Mayo is this Thursday, and I’ve got lesson plans to fill your entire week! Teach your students about the real history of the holiday and learn about how and where it is most celebrated. The plans include pre-reading discussion questions, a Level 1 reading in Spanish about the history of Cinco de Mayo, a Level 2+ reading in Spanish about the…

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Drone footage of earthquake damage

There is one week left in our CrowdRise campaign to show students that they CAN make a difference and raise money for earthquake relief efforts in Ecuador. Rincon Valley Middle School in California wrapped up their fundraiser today with a smashing $1,005.00 raised! If you are looking for ways to continue talking about the earthquake…

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I can make a difference.

On Saturday, April 16, 2016, Ecuador was devastated by the worst earthquake to shake its shores in nearly seven decades. One week later, the death toll is at 650, more than 12,000 people are injured, and hundreds are missing. Carol Kovatch’s middle school Spanish class in Santa Rosa, California read last week’s  special edition of EL MUNDO…

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The Curation of Culture

Inspired by Maris Hawkins and feedback from all of you, I decided to undertake the project of finding and summarizing news stories from the Spanish speaking world and publishing them every week. As it turns out, this project is a bit overwhelming! Good and valuable…but overwhelming. Thousands of news stories are published every hour: political…

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