As we’re nearing the end of our bullfighting adventures I wanted students to look at the geography of Spain so that students could understand the areas we were talking about related to bullfighting. I was inspired by Martina Bex’s Guatemala product that she created for the novel Esperanza. I think it’s important to include these kinds of lessons because it’s non-fiction reading.
Days 9: La Geografía de España Reading/Questions. Here was the lesson:
– As a class we read about Spain’s geography out loud. I wrote the reading and aimed to make it as comprehensible as possible (as we have not done a lot of geography terms besides “frontera” and “montaña”). I asked TPRS-esque questions in Spanish while we read. I drew on the board.
– Students re-read the information on their own and answered 10 comprehension questions in English.
– Students swapped their work when everyone was done and checked their peer’s work.
Days 10: La Geografía de España Map. Here was the lesson:
– Students used the reading to locate and label as many of the underlined places as possible. For my struggling readers I reread the first paragraph with them and helped them identify the borders.
What would I do differently?
I plan on modifying the reading to better suit the bullfighting unit. I want to include Pamplona as an important city, add a section about the regions(Cataluña, País Vasco, Galicia, etc.), choose a map without the Autonomous Communities or choose a map with the regions – just to name a few. I will also add a “places bank” to the map worksheet so students know what they should be able to label based solely on the reading.