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Thematic Unit Title:
Where in the World?
1. Communicate in Languages Other than English
2. Gain knowledge and Understanding of Other Cultures
3. Connect with Other Disciplines and Acquire Information
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.
3.2 Students acquire information and perspectives through authentic materials in the foreign languages and within the cultures.
Students acquire information through authentic materials and engage in conversations while traveling to the target city.
Progress Indicators Goal 1:
Progress Indicators Goal 2:
1.1B Express basic courtesies.
Incorporate appropriate gestures into conversations.
1.2A Respond appropriately to directions, instructions, and commands.
Respond appropriately to a series of directions, instructions, and commands.
1.2E Identify aural, visual, and context clues.
Use aural, visual, and context clues to derive meaning.
1.3C Write a personal communication; such as, a note, letter, or invitation.
Produce formal and informal written communication.
2.1B Recognize and interpret language and behaviors that are appropriate to the target culture.
Produce language and behaviors that are appropriate to the target culture.
Progress Indicators Goal 3:
3.2A Extract information from sources intended for native speakers of the language.
Analyze and apply information from sources intended for native speakers of the language.
Progress Indicators Goal 4:
Progress Indicators Goal 5:
Vocabulary relevant to traveling
Knowledge of transportation modes
Students write postcards using relevant vocabulary and proper form.
Students create and illustrate a travel brochure.
Students write and perform a skit depicting a travel experience encountered in the target city. (Rubric used to measure criteria.)
Each student group chooses a target city and uses the information they have researched to orally present clues about the city including facts about the city and its inhabitants, map coordinates, and other relevant travel information so the rest of the class can guess the target city they are depicting.
Students view and discuss videos of the target city.
Internet research of the target city.
Pair or Cooperative Activities:
Students work in pairs or groups to create travel posters.
Students work in pairs or groups to create conversations using vocabulary necessary for planning/packing for a trip and greeting people in the target language using proper cultural behavior.
Students work in pairs or groups using authentic maps to learn how to navigate around the target city using available transportation and be able to communicate in possible situations one might encounter in the target city.