Montgomery Co, MD

Potential online practice

Study Spanish Online

Another CAL resource list

Gateway middle school heritage Spanish: school link

Heritage Spanish 1 Eagle Rock High

Heritage Spanish 2 Eagle Rock High

eric digest article

Pacific Coast Innovation Network Article

CAL Native Speakers Article

Web Resources

Suggested Student Activities

Elementary School
  1. Mariachi music is a traditional musical form from Mexico. Discuss the instruments that are included in a mariachi band. Listen to a recording of a mariachi band and try to identify the instruments that you hear. Have you ever seen and heard a mariachi band in person? (Free Mariachi Music Online)
  2. Many people of Hispanic heritage have immigrated to the United States. Write a short story describing how life has changed for them as they become part of a new culture. Include three examples in your story.
  3. Create two columns, one with Hispanic holidays and the other with American holidays. Select several of the holidays and show the simi larities and differences. (Hispanic Holidays Online Resource)
  4. Use a picture dictionary or children’s encyclopedia to get information about Latino customs and ways of life. Write a sentence or a paragraph about what you learned.
Middle School
  1. Explore the influence Hispanic culture has on your community. Are their special groups where you live that perform music, dance and/or theatre works that are primarily Hispanic? Does your community have any public art that shows a Hispanic influence? Choose one of these Hispanic cultural influences in your community and write a short paper about how their performances or art reflect Florida’s Hispanic heritage.
  2. Use an encyclopedia and web sources to research Mexico and the Mexican culture to discover its influence on art, literature, and music. Write a paragraph about this influence. Do the same with other Hispanic countries and cultures.
  3. Research two works of Hispanic art from two different artists. Compare and contrast the style, technique, and elements of artistic expression.
  4. Research the life of a Hispanic artist. How do you think that the economics, government, or lifestyle in their country of origin influenced their art?
  5. Explore the museums, art centers, or public art in your own community to determine if any of these places are examples of the Hispanic influence upon art in Florida. If there are examples of Hispanic public art, what local conditions in your community helped to make this possible?
  6. Assume the role of a thirteen year old student from Latin America entering school for the first time in the United States. Describe the journey to this country including problems encountered, reasons for their immigration, and their expectations upon arrival in America. What do you think is the hardest adjustment for someone for a Latin American country coming to school in Florida for the first time?
High School
  1. Choose some artwork which you think best reflects Florida’s Hispanic cultural heritage and explain in a paragraph why you feel this way.
  2. Describe life in the late 1800’s in Spain or a Latin American country. List the similarities and differences in the political, economic, social, and religious events of that era with those of the United States. How do you think these conditions influenced the artists on the poster?
  3. Identify ten Hispanic Americans who have made significant contributions to culture, literature, science, and government in Florida and create a timeline of their accomplishments. Research the life and contributions of one of the Americans chosen and describe the nature and motivation for their contributions to the United States.
  4. Using demographic graphs and charts, identify the major areas in Florida where there are concentrations of Hispanic populations. Research why people of Hispanic origin have chosen to congregate in those areas of Florida.
  5. Using historical data and primary resources, create a model of life in Spanish Florida, in the 1700’s. How have those early Spanish influences had an impact upon life in Florida today?

Literacy Development: Spanish for Native Speakers

Posted April 2nd, 2010 by petalumasns
County: Sonoma
School District: Petaluma City Schools
Name of School: Casa Grande High School, Kenilworth Middle School and Petaluma High School
With a Latino population of 18-29% amongst our three school sites, we increasingly need to find creative ways to serve our Spanish-speaking community, increase graduation rates, and close the achievement gap. In response to this need, we have been asked to teach Spanish to Native Speakers (SNS); SNS classes both assist in the development of literacy and writing skills that are applicable in all academic settings, as well as empower students within their bilingual/bicultural heritage, making them more confident in their academic and social life. However, as Foreign Language Spanish teachers, our training did not include development of literacy and reading skills. Our professional development will focus on learning to teach Spanish literacy and Language Arts, and will be manifested in a cohesive and progressive SNS Program from middle school through high school throughout Petaluma City School District. We will create a Service-Learning literacy project at every level. Ultimately, students will create an autobiographical memoir to be disseminated throughout the school, write children’s books and read them to Spanish speaking elementary students as well as tutor adults in literacy, create a newspaper of current events in Latin America. These projects will create a culture of community literacy and cross-cultural understanding. This literacy project is innovative for two primary reasons: 1) we will teach literacy through Service-Learning and parent/community involvement, and 2) we will design a curriculum for Native Speakers that currently does not have state or national standards by combining the pedagogies and curricula of Language Arts and Foreign Language. As a coherent Native Speakers program, we will be pioneers in the growing field of Native Language Education, which is currently in the spotlight as an essential tool for fostering bilingualism, bi-literacy, and biculturalism for empowering our diverse youth, and for closing the achievement gap.