Culture study: EL DIA DE LOS MUERTOS

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sUUAgEWeYeI - la historia
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yq3ygHZIyls - el poema
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sflcw7jEm_Y - la historia
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Day_of_the_dead - Mas informacion

Las Preguntas [Parte A]:
What is the origin of the day of the dead? How did it begin and what influences does it have?
What is the main purpose (or purposes) of the day of the dead? What does it celebrate?
What is the main purpose of halloween? What does it celebrate?
What kinds of festivities occur during the day of the dead?
What kinds of festivities occur during halloween?
Where does the day of the dead occur?
Provide 5 words that describe the day of the dead.
Provide 5 words that describe halloween.

El Proyecto [Parte B]-
In a three descriptive paragraphs, tell me the differences between halloween and the day of the dead. Upon giving me a detailed comparison between the two, please tell me which event/ holiday you would prefer to participate in and WHY (another paragraph). You may base the information off the video clips viewed in class coupled with personal experiences (probably with halloween). Please make use of both fact and opinion.

In total, this analysis/ opinion piece will be about 4 paragraphs (or longer should you choose to do so!). It would be easiest to use the following template:

Parrafo 1: Descripcion del dia de los muertos
Parrafo 2: Descripcion de halloween
Parrafo 3: Comparacion del dia de los muertos con halloween
Parrafo 4: Tu opinion



Internet web pages (Paginas en la red):

Con el uso de adjetivos (los que eran en clase), describe tus calidades y tu personalidad. Tambien, dibuja tu mismo para hacer una comparacion entre las palabras y tu ilustracion. Para esta tarea, necesitas (al menos) cinco frases.

Consider the following (Toma en cuenta el siguiente):

What is your personality like? (Describe tu personalidad)
How would you describe your physique? (Describe tus calidades fisicas
For example (Por ejemplo):
Tienes ojos azules? verdes? cafes?
Eres simpatico (a)?
Eres antipatico(a)?
Eres perezoso(a)? Ambicioso (a)?
Eres alto? Bajo?


Marking guide:

5/25 How you work in class with your group


-5 marks for pronunciation
-5 marks for a proper introduction
-5 marks for asking and answering the gustar questions
-5 marks for "additional questions"

CINCO DE MAYOcinco_de_mayo.gif

On May 5, Los Angeles, California is alive with color, laughter and dancing. More than 500,000 Mexicans and Americans of Mexican origin are celebrating Cinco de Mayo or the "Fifth of May." It is an occasion which Mexicans and Americans share to emphasize the friendship between their two countries.
The holiday originated with a surprising battle. In 1861, France, England and Spain sent ships to Mexico to settle a debt. Within a few months, an agreement was reached and the British and Spanish navy set sail toward home. But the French ships, by order of Napoleon III, began an attack. On May 5, 1862, 6000 soldiers under the commander of the French forces tried to capture the forts of Loreto and Guadalupe in Puebla de Los Angeles, Mexico. Two thousand Mexican men, led by General Ignazio Zaragoza, fought back hard and held the fort. Although smaller in number, the Mexican army won this battle but they did not win the war. The French conquered the country, and in 1864, a European emperor was put on the Mexican throne. Three years later, after a reign filled with problems, the emperor was deposed and killed.
Even during the short period of French rule, the Mexicans celebrated Cinco de Mayo. They changed the name of the town where the French were defeated to Puebla de Zaragoza.
Today Americans participate in activities organized for "Cinco de Mayo." In Los Angeles, the celebration takes place in the streets outside City Hall where Mexican orchestras and local bands play Mexican patriotic songs. The streets are colored in red, white and green - the colors of the Mexican flag. Young boys are proud to be seen in Mexican clothing and girls wear red and green ruffled dresses with wide skirts. Famous musicians play popular and familiar tunes on their guitars while dancers spin around and click their castanets.
A temporary stage at the steps of City Hall is decorated with a picture of General Zaragoza, flanked by Mexican and American flags. Mexican dignitaries are guests of honor, pleased to hear the mayor of Los Angeles making a speech in Spanish. Later, celebrants stroll through the streets to the old section of the city. Others go to city parks where sports events, dances and picnics featuring Mexican food are taking place.
Courtesy of Embassy of the United States of America and http://homeschooling.about.com/cs/unitssubjhol/a/cincodemayo.htm.

Short movie on the history of Cinco De Mayo: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=srYi5eUZ1xI
QUIZ!: http://homeschooling.about.com/cs/quizcentral/l/blquizholcinco.htm

La familia inventado!
You are a journalist for the Edmonton Journal writing an article on families. Your boss has assigned you to describe a family with at least fourteen people in it and write about them. It has been your lifelong dream to be in the newspaper and you see THIS as your opportunity! Que lastima! Your family doesn’t have that amount of people in it, but you decide to create one that does to meet the criteria! Here’s what you need to do! Vary your vocabulary to keep it interesting! Look at my example for help! [BUT DON’T COPY IT!!!!!]

1- Create an árbol genealógico (family tree) on a piece of paper, complete with pictures, of a fictional family. Have fun with this! Your grandparents can be famous actors, actresses, superheros or athletes!

2- Your familia must have al menos CATORCE members in it (14 members)

3- In your picture, DRAW each member of your invented family and LABEL them with the spanish word (madre, padre, abuelo, etc). Put it on the paper provided and be sure to colour it!

4- For each member of the familia, escribe (write) two sentences describing:
a. Two or three qualities of that member (adjectivos como alto, delgado, etc).
b. The person’s age (remember…. “Persona+tener+edad (años)”)



Use of Class Time
Used time well during each class period. Focused on getting the project done. Never distracted others.
Used time well during each class period. Usually focused on getting the project done and never distracted others.
Used some of the time well during each class period. There was some focus on getting the project done but occasionally distracted others.
Did not use class time to focus on the project OR often distracted others.
Graphics - Originality
Several of the graphics used on the poster reflect an exceptional degree of student creativity in their creation and/or display.
One or two of the graphics used on the poster reflect student creativity in their creation and/or display.
The graphics are made by the student, but are based on the designs or ideas of others.
No graphics made by the student are included.
All items of importance on the poster are clearly and properly labeled.
Almost all items of importance on the poster are clearly and properly labeled.
Several items of importance on the poster are clearly and properly labeled.
Labels are too small to view OR no important items were labeled.
The poster is exceptionally attractive in terms of design, layout, and neatness.
The poster is attractive in terms of design, layout and neatness.
The poster is acceptably attractive though it may be a bit messy.
The poster is distractingly messy or very poorly designed. It is not attractive.

25 marks

5- Uso de tiempo en clase
5- Las ilustraciones
5- Ortografia (Spelling)
5- Quince fechas importantes
5- Producta Completa

Voy a mostrar algunos proyectos sobre la red cuando estan completados.