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SOL S.I.8 and S.I.12 (Communication Across Communities)
WebQuest designed by Valerie Bryant
Here in the USA we love the word “vacation.” Most of us have
been away from home for a week or so, perhaps visiting relatives
in another state or going with our family to a nearby beach. What
if you could spend your entire summer vacation in Spain with three
of your friends?
Pretend that you and three of your friends have been given
permission to live with a family in Spain during the months of
June, July, and August. You will each be given $3,000 for the
summer to use as spending money, to do whatever you want to
do…under one condition.
While you are there, you cannot do what you would normally do
on your summer vacation here in the United States! There will be
no sleeping until 2:00 in the afternoon, spending the rest of the day
chatting with your friends on the computer. Instead, while in
Spain, you and your friends must act as if you are Spanish
teenagers. You must eat typical Spanish foods, observe traditional
Spanish mealtimes, and behave in ways that Spanish teens do.
While you are spending your summer in Spain, in order to receive
your spending money, you must keep a daily journal. Since you
will be taking your iBook with you, this journal will not be written
in a traditional notebook, but must be recorded in a Keynote
presentation. Each student in your group will record a different
aspect of what your summer in Spain was like, and you will
combine all of the parts into one presentation to be shown when
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1. Choose a city in Spain that you would like to live in for the
summer. You and your friends will share the responsibility for
writing in the journal that holds all of the details about your
All of your activities will be recorded in the “we” point of view.
(“On July 6, 2005, we went shopping at … but found that the
stores were closed between… and ….”) Investigate all of the
details associated with living in the city you choose. Dig
around and find some cool things that you think will be of
interest to your friends back at home.
2. For your research, decide who among your group members will
be investigating the following:
daily routine (what time you get up, what time you eat, what
time you go out, etc.)
typical foods of Spain
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places to go for fun
how much money (listed in the currency used in Spain) you end
up spending each day
3. In your Keynote journal, you must have the following
an introductory slide that tells what city in Spain you’re going to
be staying in for the summer
a picture/photo on each slide
an journal entry with specific details that range from the time
you woke up to the time you went to bed) for each day of the
week, for one whole week
details that show that you browsed around on lots of Internet
sites to find out about Spanish food, typical activities, etc.
interesting things that you found out about the city you plan to
live in and/or about the life of a Spanish teenager in general
a concluding slide that sums up your summer stay in Spain
Process and Resources:
Food specialist recorder:
After choosing the city you want to live in, find out what
foods you will be eating there each day and whether or not, as
a Spanish teen, you will typically eat at home or eat out in
restaurants frequently. Visit some of the sites below to gather
the information you need. Check to see if there are lots of fast
food restaurants in Spain. Tell which foods you ended up
loving to eat during your stay in Spain.
Daily routine recorder:
Look at the various sites linked for you below and find out
what times of day Spanish teenagers do things. You may want
to compare/contrast their routine to your own routine from
Social life recorder:
Do some checking around to find out what things Spanish
teens do for fun. Describe what you do during the day and on
weekends and compare your activities to what you would
normally do in the summer back at home.
Estimate how much (in Spanish currency) money it will
take you to get through a day. Be sure to include food,
entertainment, shopping, and other expenses that you might incur
during a typical day.
In your Keynote journal, be sure to choose a template and font that
will not be distracting or difficult to read when viewed. Your
Keynote presentation will be shown to the rest of your classmates
so that they can see where you “summered” in Spain. Be sure to
include lots of visuals so that they can not only read about what
you did, but see where you went.
There is no minimum number of slides that you must use; just be
sure to include enough to explain all the various aspects of your
journey as required.
Remember to give credit to the sites you used for information,
especially if you quote directly from the site.
List the members of your group who contributed to the Keynote
journal presentation; the names may be listed in the beginning or
end of your presentation.
We will watch all Keynote journal presentations in class after all of
the projects have been turned in. After viewing all of the journal
presentations, your classmates will decide which city seems like
the most interesting to live in.
Scoring rubric to determine if you followed the correct process:
Rubrics designed by Tracy L. Brunelle & Elizabeth Walsh