BRING THE ADIRONDACKS INTO YOUR CLASSROOM


ADIRONDACK CHALLENGES

Visita El Parque Adirondack
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Grade: 8th Grade
Class: Languages Other Than English
Author: Shannon McKeighan
NYS Content Area Standard:
Languages Other Than English:
Standard 1: Students will be able to use a language other than English for communication
NYS Interdisciplinary Standard:
Career Development & Occupational Studies:
Standard 3a: Universal Foundation Skills
Adirondack Curriculum Content Area:
Natural HistoryHealth, Recreation & Life Skills
Performance Indicators:

LOTE: Communication Skills 2. Reading and writing are used in languages other than English for the purposes of socializing, providing and acquiring information, expressing personal feelings and opinions, and getting others to adopt a course of action.

CDOS 3a: Universal Foundation Skills: select and use appropriate technology to complete a task

NATIONAL STANDARDSĀ 

  1. Foreign Language: Use of Written Language
  2. Technology: Use of Software
Keywords: travel brochure, tourism
The Challenge:
Investigative Question or Issue: How can we encourage Spanish speaking tourists to visit the Adirondack region?
Context:

This challenge is designed for a Spanish class, it could be adapted to another foreign language.

Before issuing this challenge, the teacher will want to ensure access to the appropriate computers and software (such as Publisher or Powerpoint) necessary to complete this project as written. Resource materials about the Adirondacks (such as www.adirondacks.com), both text and online, should also be available. Students need to have enough foreign language proficiency to be able to effectively compose written material.

Note from the author: This would be a project completed after the following Checkpoint A topics have been covered: Physical Environment, travel, leisure, and clothing if that topic will be included in the brochure.

The Challenge:

Create a travel brochure or slide show in a language other than English (French, German, Swedish, etc.) that could be used to attract non-English speaking tourists to our part of the Adirondack region.

Directions: A student hand-out with the following requirements and a deadline should be prepared and copies of the Product Quality Checklist may be also be given out . They may be modified to whatever the teacher feels appropriate for students in his/her classroom

Quality Standards:
  • Product includes a map of the Northern Forest region with at least eight physical features labeled.
  • A section of the brochure or sequence of slides is devoted to each of the four seasons. All information in each of these sections is in the language of the target non-English speaking population
  • The name of each season is identified.
  • Two or three weather conditions typical of the season with suggested clothing to adapt to those conditions comfortably are described. Four or five recreational activities that are common during the season that may be of interest to the tourist are described.
  • Several visuals that give the viewer a sense of what the season will “look like/feel like” when they visit are included
  • All information is accurate
  • Language usage, vocabulary, and punctuation are correct
  • Product is engaging and visually appealing.
Product Quality Checklist
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Standard/Criteria: Points Possible: Points Awarded:

Product is engaging and visually appealing

All information is accurate

Language usage, vocabulary, and punctuation are correct

Product includes a map of the Adirondacks with at least eight physical features labeled.

The name of each season is identified

Two or three weather conditions typical of the season with suggested clothing to adapt to those conditions comfortably are described

Four or five recreational activities that are common during the season that may be of interest to the tourist are described

Several visuals thatĀ  give the viewer a sense of what the season will "look like/feel like" when they visit are included

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