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Children's Literature/WL Lesson Plans

Technology/WL Lessons Plans
Title Topic Print
A Trip to the Zoo animals printer-friendly version
Around the Mexican Town maps/ directions printer-friendly version
Can You Describe Me? wild animals printer-friendly version
Can You Find the Color? colors printer-friendly version
Diez amigos van al mercado
  (Ten Friends Go to the Market)
shopping printer-friendly version
¿Dónde está?
   (Where is it?)
locations printer-friendly version
Eyewitness personal description printer-friendly version
Finding a Job reading ads/ writing letters printer-friendly version
First Aid Squad basic questions printer-friendly version
Le Bonhomme Sandwich
  (The Sandwich Man)
body parts printer-friendly version
Let's Make Paella food printer-friendly version
My Home Town giving directions printer-friendly version
¿Qué vas a hacer?
  (What are you going to do?)
weekend plans printer-friendly version
Title Topic Print
Anuncios comerciales
persuading others printer-friendly version
Having a Bad Day self expression/ persuading printer-friendly version
Title Topic Print
A Conversation in a Restaurant foods/ descriptions printer-friendly version
Aclarando malentendidos
  (Conflict resolution)
self expression printer-friendly version
Dangerous Weather vacations/ weather printer-friendly version
Frida Kahlo: Mi interpreptaci Mexican art printer-friendly version
The Incompetent Doctor health printer-friendly version
Las Meninas art descriptions printer-friendly version
Letter to a Friend expressing thoughts and emotions printer-friendly version
Problem in the Emergency Room health printer-friendly version
Problems at the Airport traveling printer-friendly version
Un Nouveau Parfum creating/ describing printer-friendly version
Vive La France Libre DeGaulle/ French Resistance printer-friendly version
Vive le Francais! relationship of language and culture printer-friendly version
Ferris French's Day Off! health, excuses printer-friendly version

Lesson plans and assessments contributed by Central Jersey World Languages Professional Development Institute 2000.
Around the Mexican Town

Title: Around the Mexican Town

Topic: Maps and Directions

Level: Novice

Focus Age Group: 15-18 years

National Standards Goals:

Communication   Cultures   Connections   Comparisons   Communities

Communicative Mode:

Interpersonal   Interpretive   Presentational

N.J. Cumulative Progress Indicators:

  • 7.1.8 Generate and respond to short messages such as directions
  • 7.2.1 Demonstrate an awareness of culture

Time Frame: 90 minutes or homework with one 45-minute class period

Description of Task:
You are living and studying in a Mexican town for a semester. While there, a friend is coming to visit you but you have an exam and cannot meet her/her upon arrival. Write an email with a set of directions to a meeting place for you and your friend. To further help your friend, create a map of the center of your town, labeling the streets and at least five important buildings typically found in a Mexican town. The map must include the bus station where your friend will be arriving. As you write the directions and create the map, be sure to include some of the sites your friend will pass along the way. This will help him or her follow the directions and the map.

Materials Needed: Plain paper, pencils

Teacher Notes:
Students may need access to maps of typical towns, and the vocabulary for basic sites in a Mexican town should be reviewed prior to this activity.

Scoring Criteria:
The written e-mail directions will be assessed on the appropriate forms of directives and the inclusion of typical sites in the center of a Mexican town.

3 Exceeds expectations
  • all directives are in the correct form
  • more than eight directives are used
  • grammatical errors do not impede comprehension
  • more than five typical sites are used with detailed descriptions such as the color of a building, the size of a statue, etc.
2 Meets expectations
  • at least six directives are used and are correct
  • grammatical errors do not impede comprehension
  • five sites are used
1 Does not meet expectations
  • fewer than six directives are used
  • 3 or more incorrect forms are found
  • grammatical errors are significant and impede comprehension
  • fewer than five sites are used

For classes with Internet access, students may wish to find the city map of a real town for use in the project.

Diana Chase
Howell High School
405 Squankum-Yellowbrook Road
Farmingdale, NJ 07727


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