I’ve been working with the Iowa World Language Association in order to boost our social media presence. If you haven’t yet, make sure to check like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, and check out our website, iwla.net. We have a Pinterest page up in the works, but it’s a very young project at the time of this post. The idea I’m about to share with you in this post actually comes from our Facebook page, so make sure to check us out! We post really good stuff – I promise!
We recently shared SpanishPlans.org‘s post, which was titled Top 5 Reasons For and Against Spanish Names. Kim Van Wert shared that not only does she give her students Spanish names, but she has students create a birth announcement after they have chosen their names. What a GREAT idea! I love that students are exploring basic (yet important!) information. For example, the culture of last name(s), how dates are written in the target language, centimeters vs inches, and kilograms versus pounds. You could have students analyze baby announcements (helloooo authentic resources!) before making their own. The ELA teacher in me is screaming “Genre! Genre! Genre!” You could look at how birth announcements are similar and/or different to obituaries as genres, or how announcements are similar and/or different from a baby scrapbook as genres. While I think you need to consider your school climate and culture and what’s appropriate for your students, I think this is a great writing idea that merits sharing. Thanks for sharing, Kim!