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Teaching Foreign Languages K–12

A Library of Classroom Practices

Routes to Culture

Video Summary
In this lesson, students explore some historical and cultural aspects of the African presence in Latin America. After a warm-up activity of charades, students participate in pairs discussions of stories about an African woman enslaved in Latin America. Next, the whole class creates a web (concept map) for the cultural elements of the stories. Students then work in groups to add these cultural elements to the original stories they created for homework. Finally, student groups narrate their stories while their classmates act them out. The lesson concludes with Mr. Muirhead and the students playing los cajones (the big boxes). This video also shows a field trip to the local Latino community.

Standards Addressed


Interpersonal, Interpretive, Presentational


Practices, Products


Making Connections


School and Community

Key Terms
informal assessment
negotiation of meaning
thematic units

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images from Muirhead Spanish class

Classroom at a Glance
Teacher: Pablo Muirhead
Language: Spanish II
Grades: 9-10
School: Shorewood High School, Shorewood, Wisconsin
Lesson Date: November 14
Class Size: 19
Schedule: 49 minutes daily

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