Outcomes of this Project

The Spanish 2 objectives are mixed with the national standards below to show how this project easily fits in at both the county level and national level. Our curriculum is aligned with the national standards, and it aligns perfectly with the objectives of this project listed below. The major goals of the project are for students to practice the target language, grow in their appreciation of another culture, and communicate effectively; these are also major goals of the Spanish 2 curriculum.

At the end of the project:

Each class will have…

1.      corresponded with members of the other class to discuss and exchange information regarding 4 pairs of holidays

2.      posted on the class ePals forum and/or personal messages to share text, pictures, and video

3.      created and presented PowerPoint or other multimedia presentations on the 4 pairs of holidays

4.      created new relationships that will foster cultural awareness and appreciation

5.      practiced language skills with native speakers

Each student will have…

6.      used prior knowledge and experience to present information on how they and others celebrate various holidays in the United States and Mexico

7.      used the target language to present their new-found information on ePals and to their classmates

8.      used various forms of technology to present images, video, and text to students in Mexico

9.      understood the differences between the two cultures and their holiday celebrations through the postings of other students

10.  began life-long practice understanding others’ cultural celebrations and lifestyles

Each instructor will have…

11.  helped train those involved in the process locally and globally

12.  monitored progress of each group through ePals and presentations, providing feedback and guidance as necessary

13.  assessed student participation on ePals and group presentations

14.  evaluated the project at various checkpoints throughout the year

15.  evaluated the effectiveness of the project as a whole and made a decision to continue in the future

Skills Encouraged

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Spanish & English/ESOL

1.      practice and greater proficiency in the target language

2.      cultural awareness and appreciation

3.      discussion participation and elaboration

4.      working effectively in groups and making a positive

Standards and Objectives

World Language-

1.1: Students engage in conversations, provide and obtain information, express feelings and emotions, and exchange opinions

            Howard County Objectives:

        a.      Ask a variety of simple questions, answer, and give reasons for answers.

        b.      Talk about personal preferences and feelings and provide limited explanation.

        c.       Ask for clarification to ensure understanding.

        d.      Write short messages, letters, lists, and simple rhymes.

        e.       Give and follow simple directions in order to complete a multi-step task.

1.2: Students understand and interpret written and spoken language on a variety of topics

            Howard County Objectives:

        a.      Use prediction, connections to prior experiences, contextual clues, word order, word attack skills, and various reference  materials to derive meaning from spoken and written texts.

        b.      Identify the main idea and some supporting details from selected authentic materials from various media.

1.3: Students present information, concepts, and ideas to an audience of listeners or readers on a variety of topics

            Howard County Objectives:

        a.      Write and deliver short presentations about familiar topics of personal interest.

        b.      Tell or write a story, journal entry, or blog incorporating some description and detail.

2.1: Students demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between the practices and perspectives of the culture studied

            Howard County Objectives :

        a.      Continue the process of identifying and replicating appropriate patterns of behavior and expand upon those patterns by interacting appropriately with others in everyday situations.

        b.      Describe and participate in a wider variety of cultural and social activities or experiences common to the cultures studied.

        c.       Expand knowledge of beliefs and attitudes within the cultures studied.

        d.      Expand understanding of the historic and/or contemporary influences that underlie different patterns of behavior.

3.1: Students reinforce and further their knowledge of other disciplines through the foreign language

            Howard County Objectives:

        a.      Identify objects and symbols that are used day-to-day and how they are representative of the cultures studied.

3.2: Students acquire information and recognize the distinctive viewpoints that are only available through the foreign language and its cultures

            Howard County Objectives:

        a.      Demonstrate a basic understanding of perspectives gained from selected or edited authentic print and non-print materials to extend knowledge and skills.

        b.      Apply knowledge of the perspectives of the cultures studied to other content areas or to familiar situations.

4.2: Students demonstrate understanding of the concept of culture through comparisons of the cultures studied and their own

            Howard County Objectives:

        a.      Identify and discuss the meaning of a broader range of perspectives, practices, and products in different cultures as compared to their own.

        b.      Explain the form, meaning, and importance, of certain perspectives, practices and products of the target culture and compare it to their own.

5.1: Students use the language both within and beyond the school setting

            Howard County Objectives:

        a.      Communicate with people locally and/or around the world through avenues such as pen pals, E-mail, video, face-to- face encounters, and publications with increased use of the target language.

        b.      Identify and describe available media (i.e., TV news, broadcasts), print (i.e., library), and commercial establishments in the local community that include or are presented partially in the target language.

        c.       Participate in activities where communication in the target language is expected (i.e., dining in a restaurant or participating in an online discussion community).


1.a apply existing knowledge to generate new ideas, products, or processes

1.b create original works as a means of personal or group expression

2.a interact, collaborate, and publish with peers, experts, or others employing a variety of digital environments and media

2.b communicate information and ideas effectively to multiple audiences using a variety of media and formats

2.c develop cultural understanding and global awareness by engaging with learners of other cultures.

3.b locate, organize, analyze, evaluate, synthesize, and ethically use information from a variety of sources and media

3.d process data and report results

5.a advocate and practice safe, legal, and responsible use of information and technology

5.b exhibit a positive attitude toward using technology that supports collaboration, learning, and productivity

6.a understand and use technology systems

6.d transfer current knowledge to learning of new technologies

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