República Dominicana: Introductory culture presentation & activity packet

DR flag mapThe Dominican Republic holds a very special place in my heart, so I was giddy with excitement while I made this presentation to introduce my high school Spanish 1 students to Dominican culture! Please see the slideshow below (featuring many videos, made in Google drive) and free accompanying activity packet.

The activities include a beginning warm-up to activate background knowledge, content & vocabulary comprehension questions, a Venn Diagram to compare/contrast bachata & merengue, analyses of music videos to explore themes of Dominican culture, and a final discussion mini-essay.

I´d like to make a brief note about cultural presentations in general. Whenever I teach culture I do make an effort to make it as authentic as possible, but sometimes I find it quite challenging! How can I portray an entire culture in a few class sessions? Well, of course it’s not possible to cover everything. That’s why I emphasize that this is an introductory presentation and invite students to explore other themes further with questions and follow-up lessons and projects.

visa para un sueñoIt took our class one 90 minute class period (block scheduling) to cover the presentation and activity sheet (some students took the packet home to finish the final discussion question). My students were very engaged and full of questions, so I’d say it was a success!

One important topic that this presentation does not cover is the story of the Mirabal sisters and the Trujillo regime. We covered this topic later in a lesson based around the film adaptation of Julia Alvarez’s novel In the Time of the Butterflies. Please follow this link to see my post about it with a free movie guide question packet!

We also watched the movie Pelotero. It’s a really fun movie, and we watched it as a reward in the last 20-30 minutes of a few class periods. Please follow this link for a post & free movie guide. (Coming soon!)

Here’s a link to the Activity Packet, and you can watch the presentation right here!

Any feedback is appreciated. Keep the comments coming! 🙂

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6 pensamientos en “República Dominicana: Introductory culture presentation & activity packet

    • ¡Qué bien! Gracias por comentar. Gracias también por el enlace al artículo del MLB. El dato que está en la presentación (20%) viene del documental Pelotero y incluye los majors y los minors. Me parece que el artículo que me enviaste sólo se refiere a los majors, ¿no? (» 750 active 25-man roster players and 106 disabled or restricted Major League players»)

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  1. Estoy a punto de ir a la República Dominicana con mis estudiantes y esta presentación me ha venido de perlas para motivarlos con el viaje y que lleguen con un poco de más conocimiento sobre la cultura del país. Gracias por compartir tu presentación.
    También compré la película del «Pelotero, Ballplayer» que recomendaste y ha sido todo un éxito con los estudiantes. Es un gran documental que recomiendo a todo el mundo.

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