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Do I Need My Coat Today?

  

Thematic Unit Title:

 

Do I Need My Coat Today?

Subject:

Weather/Clothing

Goals:

1. Communicate in Languages Other than English
2. Gain knowledge and Understanding of Other Cultures
4. Develop Insight into the Nature of Language and Culture

Standards:

1.1 Students engage in conversations, provide and obtain information, express feelings and emotions, and exchange opinions.
1.2 Students understand and interpret written and spoken language on a variety of topics.
1.3 Students convey information, concepts, and ideas to listeners and readers for a variety of purposes.
2.1 Students demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between the perspectives and practices of cultures studied and use this knowledge to interact effectively in cultural contexts.
4.1 Students recognize that different languages use different patterns to communicate and can apply this knowledge to their own language.
4.2 Students recognize that cultures use different patterns of interaction and can apply this knowledge to their own culture.

Contexts\Outcomes:

Students engage in conversations, provide and obtain information about weather and clothing, demonstrate an understanding of weather and clothing from target cultures, and apply this knowledge to their own culture.

Progress Indicators Goal 1:

 

Progress Indicators Goal 2:

 

1.1A Express basic needs.
Elaborate on needs.
1.1B Express basic courtesies.
Incorporate appropriate gestures into conversations.
1.1F Respond to one-on-one interactions.
Exchange information with peers and others.
1.1G Ask and answer simple questions.
Provide and request clarification.
1.2B Make an identification based on simple oral and/or written descriptors.
Respond appropriately to complex oral and/or written descriptors.
1.2C Read and respond to developmentally appropriate material.
Derive meaning from selected authentic materials.
1.2E Identify aural, visual, and context clues.
Use aural, visual, and context clues to derive meaning.
1.2G Identify main ideas and key words in oral and written material.
Comprehend speech on familiar topics with some repetition.
1.3B Give a description orally and in writing using simple phrases.
Give a description orally and in writing using complex sentences.
1.3D Summarize main idea of selected authentic and/or contextualized material.
Interpret information from authentic material to an audience.
1.3E Present prepared material to an audience.
Speak or write spontaneously.
2.1A Identify and react to cultural perspectives and practices in the culture studied.
2.1B Recognize and interpret language and behaviors that are appropriate to the target culture.
2.1C Identify some commonly-held generalizations about the culture studied.
2.1D Identify social and geographic factors that affect cultural practices.
2.1E Identify common words, phrases, and idioms that reflect the culture.

Progress Indicators Goal 3:

 

Progress Indicators Goal 4:

 

4.1C Identify the idiomatic expressions of the target language.
4.1D Identify connections among languages.
4.2A Identify the similarities and differences between the target culture(s) and the student’s own culture using evidence from authentic sources.
4.2C Identify the contributions of the target culture(s) to the student’s own culture.
4.2D Identify expressive and utilitarian forms of the target culture(s).

Progress Indicators Goal 5:

 

Essential Skills\Knowledge:

 

Topic specific vocabulary (related to weather, clothing, numbers)
Relevant verbs
Cultural background information
Geographical background information

Assessments:

Vocabulary Quizzes
Written Project:
Students write a paragraph describing what they are packing for a trip meeting specified criteria.
Oral Presentation:
Students present a weather forecast meeting specified checklist criteria.
Final Project:
Students plan and present a “Weather Forecast” fashion show meeting specific rubric criteria. 

Instructional Strategies:

 

Pair Activities:
Students solve a puzzle of future tense verbs.
Research:
Students use the Internet and library resources to research weather and clothing from the target culture.
Individual Activities:
Students write a paragraph describing what they are packing for a trip using future tense verbs.
Students present a weather forecast representing appropriate weather from the target culture. 
Cooperative Learning:
Students plan and present a “Weather Forecast” fashion show including proper attire in the target culture for various weather conditions such as sun, rain, snow, wind, and possibly tornadoes, hurricanes, typhoons, etc.

Resources:

Textbook
Internet
Library resources
Library research
Realia

Other Resources:

Atlas