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Lesson plans and assessments contributed by Central Jersey World Languages Professional Development Institute 2000.
Diez amigos van al mercado (Ten friends go to the market)

Title: Diez amigos van al mercado (Ten friends go to the market)

Topic: Shopping

Level: Novice

Focus Age Group: 12 to 18 years

National Standards Goals:

Communication   Cultures   Connections   Comparisons   Communities

Communicative Mode:

Interpersonal   Interpretive   Presentational

New Jersey Cumulative Progress Indicators:

  • 7.1.5  Provide and obtain information on familiar topics
  • 7.1.8  Create and respond to simple phrases, questions, and sentences
  • 7.2.2  Demonstrate knowledge of the cultures of speakers of the language studied

Timeframe: One 40-minute period

Description of Task:
You have been traveling with a group of friends in Spain, and you are going to return to the United States tomorrow. Time is running short for everyone to buy those last-minute souvenirs for themselves and their family and friends. Everyone goes into a panic, and the group decides that the best thing is to make a collective list of everything that needs to be purchased and then assign one person to go to each store and purchase the items. As the designated "group leaders," you and your partner must assign the purchases for the various group members. In order to carry out this assignment, you and your partner have to compare notes since each of you has half of the total information needed to "get the job done." Using the "Group Shopping List" and consulting the layout of the marketplace in the Spanish town where you have been staying, follow the directions below:

  • One of the pair takes Sheet A; the other person takes Sheet B;
  • When your sheet indicates where a person in your group will go, use the "Group Shopping List" to jot down what that person will buy at that particular store;
  • Now, consult with your partner. When a question mark appears under a person's name on your sheet, ask your partner what items this person will be purchasing;
  • Write these items on your list;
  • When you think you know what store the individual is assigned to, ask your partner if that is correct;
  • Answer your partner's questions;
  • Compare notes;
  • Complete the items under each person's name and you will have the individualized shopping lists needed to buy everyone's items.

Materials: Transparency of marketplace; shopping list; information gap sheets A and B.

Teacher Notes:
Students should be familiar with information gap activities. They should have already had necessary vocabulary to discuss stores and merchandise, as well as having had discussion about Spanish marketplaces.

Scoring Criteria:
During the information gap activity, the teacher will circulate around the room, observing the question/answer period. The teacher will award 1 point if student is able to ask questions and 1 point if student is able to answer questions. (2 points available)

When activity is complete, the teacher will award 3 points to each student if all information on both sheets is identical. Each student in the pair will receive 1 point for each shopping list item he/she properly placed on the chart, up to 15 points.

Total points available: 20

Assessment scale:

3 Exceeds expectations: 19 - 20 points
2 Meets expectations: 16 - 18 points
1 Does not meet expectations: below 16 points

Students may play a game during the information gap activity in the following manner:

3  points if student can guess store name with one clue
2  points if student can guess store name with two clues
1  point if student can guess store name with three clues
0  points if student cannot guess name of store
(15 points available)

For younger students, the scenario would change to shopping with an adult. For follow-up activities, there could be role playing of actually purchasing the items in the stores with fake "authentic" currency.

Robyn Apffel
Clinton Public School
10 School Street
Clinton, NJ 08809

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