Spanish: Theme 1

Theme 1: Personal and Family LIfe

Greetings and Introductions

Communication

Person-to-Person Communication

  • Use appropriate forms of address to peers and adults when making introductions.
  • Use appropriate gestures and expressions of greeting and leave-taking.
  • Ask and respond to simple questions about someone else's identity and well-being.

Listening and Reading for Understanding

  • Differentiate between informal and formal exchanges.
  • Comprehend phrases related to a person's state of well-being.

Oral and Written Presentation

  • Demonstrate attention to accuracy of register in introducing self and expressing greetings.
  • Present rehearsed and spontaneous greetings and introductions.

Cultures

Cultural Perspectives, Practices, and Products

  • Recognize and distinguish between various culturally-authentic gestures and levels of formality of greeting and leave-taking.
  • Demonstrate understanding of hand-shaking, body language and greetings, including those used in telephone, computer, and letter-writing situations.

Connections, Comparisons and Communities

Making Connections Through Language

  • Discuss the use of morning and evening greetings.

Cultural and Linguistic Comparisons

  • Contrast customs of greeting and leave-taking between the United States and Spanish-speaking countries.
  • Contrast the use of formal address in Spanish and English.

Communication Across Communities

  • Recognize the importance of greetings in Spanish-speaking countries.

Related Vocabulary and Linguistic Elements

  • Tú/usted
  • Formal and informal expressions

 

Physical Descriptions and Personality Characteristics, Feelings, and Emotions

Communication

Person-to-Person Communication

  • Use a variety of adjectives to ask and answer questions about the physical appearance of people and objects.
  • Ask and answer questions about a description, mood or emotional state.

Listening and Reading for Understanding

  • Comprehend spoken and written descriptions of physical appearance, personality traits and emotions.

Oral and Written Presentation

  • Describe physical and personality attributes using a variety of appropriate adjectives.
  • Present descriptions, both rehearsed and spontaneous, of people and/or objects.

Cultures

Cultural Perspectives, Practices, and Products

  • Discuss cultural generalizations and stereotyping based on physical appearance.
  • Discuss characteristics of famous people from Spanish-speaking countries.

Connections, Comparisons and Communities

Making Connections Through Language

  • Identify well-known Spanish-speaking people studied in other disciplines.
  • Identify well-known Spanish-speaking Americans.

Cultural and Linguistic Comparisons

  • Identify adjectives that are cognates and those that are false cognates.
  • Compare adjective placement and agreement in English and Spanish.

Communication Across Communities

  • Describe well-known people in Spanish-speaking countries.

Related Vocabulary and Linguistic Elements

• Descriptive adjectives
• Tener with eye and hair color
• Agreement and placement of adjectives
• Ser and estar
• Subject pronouns
• Question and answer formation
• Tener expressions

 

Family Members

Communication

Person-to-Person Communication

  • Ask and answer questions pertaining to family members and relationships, including pets.

Listening and Reading for Understanding

  • Identify family members and relationships based on spoken and written descriptions.

Oral and Written Presentation

  • Describe family relationships.
  • Describe family members and pets.

Cultures

Cultural Perspectives, Practices, and Products

  • Identify characteristics of the family unit in various Spanish-speaking cultures.
  • Explain the importance of the family in Spanish-speaking societies.

Connections, Comparisons and Communities

Making Connections Through Language

  • Compare the role of the extended family in Spanish-speaking countries and in the U.S.
  • Cultural and Linguistic Comparisons
  • Compare and contrast families in the U.S. and in Spanish-speaking countries.
  • Contrast ways to express possession.

Communication Across Communities

  • Use print and Internet resources to access information about families in Spanish-speaking countries.

Related Vocabulary and Linguistic Elements

• Pet vocabulary
• Possessive adjectives
• Possession with de
• Descriptive adjectives
• Present tense of ser and tener

 

Clothing and Colors

Communication

Person-to-Person Communication

  • Ask and answer questions pertaining to clothing and colors.
  • Ask and answer questions to elicit a description of clothing and colors.

Listening and Reading for Understanding

  • Identify clothing and colors based on spoken and written description, such as in advertisements or announcements.

Oral and Written Presentation

  • Use descriptive adjectives and articles to describe clothing.

Cultures

Cultural Perspectives, Practices, and Products

  • Discuss standards and styles of dress in various Spanish-speaking countries.
  • Discuss the influence of climate and geography on dress in Spanish-speaking countries.

Connections, Comparisons and Communities

Making Connections Through Language

  • Discuss the use of color (e.g., in clothing, art, architecture).

Cultural and Linguistic Comparisons

  • Compare standards and styles of dress in Spanish-speaking and American cultures.
  • Identify cognates and false cognates related to clothing and colors.
  • Discuss adjective placement and agreement.
  • Compare ways of expressing possession ('s in English vs. de in Spanish).

Communication Across Communities

  • Identify differences in sizes and appropriateness of clothing.
  • Describe clothing available on the Internet and through catalogues and/or advertisements from Spanish-speaking countries.

Related Vocabulary and Linguistic Elements

• Describe clothing available on the Internet and through catalogs and/or advertisements from Spanish-speaking countries.
• Identify difference in sizes and appropriateness of clothing.
• Colors and other descriptive adjectives
• Adjective agreement and placement
• Llevar, ser, tener
• Use of possessive de

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