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									                               Extra Credit

Extra Credit opportunities for Español

You may do up to 50 points of extra credit (per semester) from the
following categories. You may only do one activity from any one category.

You must turn in your work according to the following guidelines:

Each student must turn in all work done at one instance with one cover page
neatly labeled with name and period.

Organize your work in this order:
       Page 1 Cover sheet with student name and period, etc.
       Page 2 Table of contents including the letter and number of every
assignment done (for example) “A5 Watch a PBS special that relates to our
class.” (5).
       Page 3 ACR sheet for 1st project
       Page 4 Evidence of 1st project
       Page 5 ACR sheet for 2nd project
       Page 6 Evidence of second project

Table of Contents must include:
      Name of project; maximum point value; parent signature; date

What is an ACR sheet?
Answer the following questions in three separate sections for each activity
you choose.
Action: Describe what you did. Where did you go and when? Who
participated? How much time did you spend on the project? Give as much
information as possible. What channel was it on? How many pages? Did you
learn any Spanish? Can you list words or a conversation? Irrefutable
evidence like ticket stubs, receipts, photos and brochure will lend credibility
to your projects.

Connection: Why did you choose this project? How does it relate to the
culture? To which particular culture is it related? What were your sources?
What did it help you understand about the language or the people who speak

Reflection: What did you learn? How did you feel? Were you enlightened?
Nervous? Excited? Bored? Would you recommend this project to another
student? Would you plan it differently? Think and reflect carefully. This
is the most important part of your project. Every project needs

What is Evidence?
A scrapbook, an art or craft project, a collage, a montage, a storyboard, a
video, a presentation… be creative! (Reports and summaries are not the best

Keep In Mind:
Only neat work will be evaluated.

Use a computer or typewriter; do not turn in hand-written work.
All sources must be listed in an accepted bibliography form.

A. If you like films, videos, or theater:
   1) Watch a foreign film in Spanish. Then, you be Siskel or Ebert and
   critique the characters-actors, plot and story. (10)
   2) Go see a play by a Spanish author. Then, be a theater critic and
   comment about it. (10)
   3) Write a 3 page biography about a Spanish speaking actor, actress, or
   director. Include photos. (15)
   4) Watch the news in Spanish and make a vocab list (minimum 25 words).
   5) Watch a PBS special that relates to our class. (5)
   6) Make a short video. It should be about Spanish or in Spanish. Include
   a written script too. Make it school appropriate. (20)
   7) Document examples of Spanish used in American movies and TV
   programs. Explain the context, situation, usage, etc. (10)

B. If you like to read or write:
   1) Read a novel in English by a Spanish speaking author (Cervantes, Garcia
   Marquez, Allende, L. Esquivel). Write a report of the plot, characters and
   your reaction to the story. Be sure to include anything you found out of
   the ordinary. (25)
   2) Research a leader or a famous person from a Spanish speaking country
   and write your impressions. Include visuals, photos, or drawings. (15)
   3) Cut out ads from a Spanish magazine or newspaper. Underline cognates
   (words that look or sound like English). (10)
   4) Read a magazine article in Spanish. (15)
   5) Visit an international bookstore and write down the titles of novels in
   Spanish. (5)
   6) Collect news articles about Spain or another Spanish speaking country.
   7) Collect news articles about a Hispanic figure. (10)
   8) Memorize and recite a poem in Spanish to the class &/or teacher. (15)

C. If you like music:
      1) Learn to play a Spanish song on an instrument. Make a video or
      cassette recording. (20)
      2) Sing a song in Spanish for the class or record on cassette OR,
      teach the class a song in Spanish. (20)
      3) Learn and perform in class a traditional dance from a Spanish
      speaking country (mambo, tango, rumba, sevillanas, etc.). (20)
      4) Attend a concert or performance of Latin music. (10)
      5) Learn about flamenco dancing. (10)
      6) Attend a performance of Latin or Spanish dancing. (10)
      7) Listen and learn about a particular Latin or Spanish singer or group.
      8) Research a particular style of Latin or Spanish dance, such as
      Banda or Flamenco. (10)
      9) Find examples of Spanish in popular American music. Write out the
      lyrics and highlight the Spanish. State why it might be included in the
      song. (5) (Sublime uses a lot of Spanish)

D. If you like to draw, paint, build, cut, paste:
      1) Make a map of a Spanish speaking country or region, focusing on
      products, or a special theme (costumes, foods, sights, etc.) (10)
      2) Make a poster about a famous Spanish speaking artist. Include a
      biography, sample of art, highlight of career and your impressions of
      the person. (15)
      3) Reproduce a famous artists’ painting or imitate the style. Write
      your impressions of the artist’s work. (25)
      4) Visit a museum or exhibit featuring Hispanic artists. (10)
      5) Study pre- Columbian art. (15)
      6) Make a piñata. (15)
      7) Take mural tour. (15)
      8) Study the architecture of a Spanish-speaking city or region. (10)
      9) Study the architecture of a Spanish speaking architect (Gaudi,
      etc.) (10)
      10) Make a model of a building or structure from a Spanish-speaking
      country. (25)
      11) Re-create an example of pre-Columbian artifacts from a Spanish-
      speaking country. Document origin and explain what it is. (25)

E. If you like to cook or eat:
      1) Cook an authentic dinner from a Spanish-speaking country for your
      family. Include at least 3 dishes, take pictures, and have your parent
      sign the menu you serve to authenticate it. (20)
      2) Prepare a dish from a Spanish speaking country and bring it to
      class. Don’t forget utensils, napkins, paper plates, etc. (10)
      3) Prepare chocolate mexicano for your family. (10)
      4) Make homemade tortillas. (10)
      5) Make homemade salsa. (10)
      6) Eat in a Spanish or Latino restaurant. Order in Spanish.
      (Taco Bell doesn’t count) (10)

F. If you can sew:
      1) Sew a regional costume from a Spanish speaking country. Document
      when/where the costume is from. (50)
      2) Sew a flag from any Spanish speaking country (Preferably one not
      done yet.) Write a 1 page report about the country. (25)
      3) Sew a mola in the tradition of the San Blas Indians from Panama.
      See your teacher for instructions. (40)

G. If you like sports:
      1) Research an athlete from a Spanish speaking country (Sammy Sosa,
      F. Valenzuela). (10)
      2) Research the Spanish game petanca (or another Spanish game).
      Learn how to play and teach your classmates. (10)

H. If you like to travel and explore:
      1) Gather information on a Spanish speaking region. Create a poster
      with visuals. You may play the role of a tourist, what you will see, do
      and eat. (10)
      2) Do an imaginary grand tour of Spanish speaking countries. Design
      your itinerary. Tell what you did and saw daily for 10 days. (10)
      3) Visit a record store that carries Spanish speaking music. Write
      down the titles and artists. (5)
      4) Visit a store which carries products used by Spanish speaking
      people. Write down the various items that you find and what they are
      used for. (10)

I. If you like history:
      1) Write a report about Eva Peron, Francisco Franco, or other famous
      historical figures from Spanish speaking countries. (10)
      2) Draw a political map of Spain or another Spanish speaking country.
      3) Draw a physical map of Spain or another Spanish speaking country.
      4) Visit a mission in California, Arizona, Texas or New Mexico. Include
      brochures, entrance tickets, etc. Include your impression of the
      mission and what you learned. (15)
      5) Make a time line of the major events in Mexico from 1846 to 1866.
      6) Write about Vacaville’s history. (15)
      7) Map a map of Arizona, highlighting the Spanish places, names and
      influences. (10)
      8) Research the Spanish roots in the history of a state, city, town or
      area. (10)

J. If you like computers and the Internet:
      1) Go to and make a puzzle that uses your
      vocabulary. Include a “blank” puzzle and one that includes the answers.
      Minimum of 15-20 words. (10)
      2) Go to and practice your vocabulary or take a
      quiz. Print your work. (10)
      3) Make a list of school appropriate websites that deal with some
      aspect of Spanish culture or language. Make sure your list is complete
      and write how it fits with the culture or language. You need a
      minimum of 10 sites. (10)
      4) Make a web page about a famous Spanish-speaking person, a
      Spanish-speaking country, or some other aspect of Spanish/Latino
      culture. Include sources and your web link. (30-50 depending upon
      what is designed. You may want to speak to the teacher beforehand).

      1) Do an interview of a person from a Spanish speaking country.
      Videotape it. (20)
      2) Explore and seek out Spanish on signs in the area (streets,
      businesses, towns, etc.). Take pictures, assemble into an album. Make a
      list of vocabulary. (15)
      3) Arrange for a guest speaker for your class. (15)
      4) Attend a church service in Spanish. (10)
      5) Go online with Spain. (5)
      6) Correspond with a pen pal in Spanish. (10)
      7) Make a list of online sources for other students. (10)
      8) Make signs for the classroom in Spanish. (10)
      9) Videotape 6 hours of programs on Spanish TV. Program and project
      must be pre-approved by teacher. (10)
      10) Attend a quinceanera, boda or other Spanish or Latin fiesta. (15)
      11) Work among the Spanish speaking with your club, church or
      community. (25)
      12) If you have a job and use Spanish on the job, document your use
      of it for a one-week period. (15)

The point range depends on: 1) quality of work, 2) time spent, 3)
evidence of the project or experience carried out. In other words…just
because it’s worth a certain number of points, doesn’t mean you’ll
automatically earn that amount. (Do a great job.)

** Extra points may be earned for these projects if the donation of the
project is a significant addition to the classroom (awesome artwork, etc.).
Keep looking for ways to use Spanish and enjoy the language while you
are at it!!!

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