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Nombre: ____________________________________ Fecha: _________________ Hora: ____________

SPANISH 2 MIDTERM PROJECT: Host Family Project

SUMMARY:
Imagine that you will visit a Hispanic country of your choice this summer for one month and will live with a
host family. In order to prepare yourself for your exciting adventure you must first do research about the
country so you can be an informed visitor and take full advantage of your trip. Therefore, the first part of
this project is to create a travel brochure about the country you will visit. Next, you must inform your host
family about yourself in a letter so they can be prepared to pick you up from the airport and receive you into
their home as a new addition to their family. Finally, for extra credit, you will do a little research about how
daily routines for young people in your country of choice are different. This way you will be well informed
about what to expect! You will write a 3-paragraph essay (in English) about how daily routines are
different for young people in your country. Another option for extra credit will be to present your project to
the class on Friday!

STANDARDS:
Standard 1.1: Students engage in conversations, provide and obtain information, express feelings and
emotions, and exchange opinions.
Standard 1.3: Students present information, concepts, and ideas to an audience of listeners or readers on a
variety of topics.

Parte I: TRAVEL BROCHURE for the Host Family Project (in English)
Step 1: Select a Spanish-speaking city and country of your choice where you will go this summer.

You do not have to do one of these, but these are some places you may want to consider researching:

1. Mexico City (Teotihuacan) 8. Peñafiel, Spain 15. La isla Zapatera, Nicaragua


2. Guanajuato, Mexico 9. Salamanca, Spain 16. Panama City, Panama
3. Galapagos, Ecuador 10. Punta del Este, Uruguay 17. Santa Ana, Guatemala
4. Puno, Peru 11. Playa Grande, Puerto Rico 18. Madrid, Spain
5. Cuzco, Peru 12. Puerto Iguazu, Argentina 19. Merida, Mexico
6. Iquitas, Peru 13. Santiago de Cuba, Cuba 20. San Jose, Costa Rica
7. Barcelona, Spain 14. Antigua, Guatemala

Step 2: Research the following information and make a travel brochure for that country. Please include:

Mandatory Information: 1 or more of the following:


- Official Country Name -Climate and weather conditions
- Country’s Capital -Entertainment/Activities
- Country’s Population -Common Foods
- Main Cities (2-3) -Sports Teams
- Currency/ Money Used
- Languages Spoken
- Location-including a map
Step 3: Select 3 places/sites of interest in your city/ country and find visuals/pictures of these places. The
Ballou Library is a great resource and place to complete this research if you do not finish it in class. These
are some examples of places/sites that may be of interest to you: churches, museums, plazas, famous
buildings, archeological sites, pyramids, rainforests, waterfalls, parks, beaches, statues, etc.

Step 4: For each place chosen, in your own words, create a short caption that explains the importance of that
site/famous place.

EXAMPLE---EJEMPLO---EXAMPLE---EJEMPLO

Easter Island is a place off the coast of Chile that is considered one the most isolated places on Earth because
it is 2,000 miles away from the closest country.

Parte II: Letter to Your Host Family


Imagine you will live with a host family in a Spanish speaking country for a month. Write a letter addressed
to them that describes yourself in Spanish. They will have to be able to pick you out from 100s of people at
the airport so be sure that you successfully describe yourself (you may want to include a picture). Also, they
will be interested in knowing your biographical information, likes and dislikes, personality and other
information so they can better take care of you as if you were a member of the family.

In your letter, include the following information:

1. Biographical information (name, origin, age, birthday, family, etc.)


2. Interests-Likes/Dislikes
3. School Schedule (include your classes and teachers that you take)
4. Your daily routine (what you do in the morning to get ready and what you do before going to bed)
5. Physical Description (height, size, color of eyes or hair, etc.)
6. Personality Description (funny, intelligent, interesting, etc.)
7. Additional Information (favorite color, description of family members and friends, etc- OPTIONAL)

Write your letter in correct letter format, including a greeting and closing signature.
1. Possible introductions:
a. Querido/a – dear
b. Estimado/a – esteemed
c. Apreciado/a - esteemed
2. Possible closings
a. Sinceramente - sincerely
b. Cordialmente - cordially
c. Besos – kisses
d. Abrazos – hugs (these last 2 are very common in Spanish-speaking countries!)
Be sure to check over your work, especially in regards to your spelling and
grammar!!!

Checklist:
 Did I do both parts, including the travel brochure and the letter to the host
family?
 Did I include all of the mandatory information at least 1 of the pieces of
information in the box?
 Did I include 3 places of interest for my travel brochure?
 Did I write a short caption for each place?
 Did I include pictures to make it interesting and inviting?
 Did I include biographical information, likes/dislikes, school schedule,
physical description, personality description, and additional information in
my letter?
 Did I answer all of the required questions in Spanish?
 If I needed more than front and back of one piece of paper, did I bind it
together?
 If I wanted extra credit- did I write the additional essay in
Spanish comparing daily routines of young people in my
country with my own daily routines? OR did I ask to present
my brochure to the class on Friday??
TRAVEL 10 PTS 8 PTS 5 PTS 2 PTS
BROCHURE
50 PTS
English Students English is more Students English is Students English is Students English is not
than natural, clear and natural, clear and fairly clear and correct. natural, clear and/or
correct. There are almost correct. There are few There are various correct. There are many
no spelling and grammar spelling and grammar spelling and grammar spelling and grammar
mistakes. mistakes. mistakes. mistakes.
Researched Student has gone above Student has included Student has moderately Student has not
Information and beyond to include the required included the required included the required
more than required. information. It is clear information. It is information. It is not
Information is concise, and correct. moderately clear and clear and correct.
clear and correct. correct.
Places of Interest 3 or more places of 2 places of interest 2 places of interest 1 place of interest has
interest have been have been included. have been included. been included.
included. Information Information provided is Information provided is Information provided is
provided is concise, clear clear and correct. moderately clear and not clear and correct.
and correct. correct.
Corresponding Pictures provided highly Pictures provided Pictures provided Pictures provided do
Pictures correlate with the written correlate with the moderately correlate not correlate with the
work and effectively written work and the with the written work written work and do not
enhance the appearance appearance of the and moderately enhance the appearance
of the brochure. brochure. enhance the appearance of the brochure.
of the brochure.
Completeness The work is complete The work is complete The work is moderately The work is not
with more than the with the required items. complete. complete.
required items.
WRITTEN WORK 10 PTS 8 PTS 5 PTS 2 PTS
-50 PTS
Grammar 0-5 spelling and 6-10 spelling and 11-15 spelling and Over 15 spelling and
grammar mistakes grammar mistakes grammar mistakes grammar mistakes
Sentence Structure Sentences are put Sentences are put Most sentences are put Sentence structure is
together correctly and together correctly and together well and make poor in English and
make sense in the target make sense in the sense. Sentences show Spanish.
language. Sentences are target language. characteristics of
fluid and complex. English language.
Spelling Accents and punctuation Accents and Accents and Accents and
marks are placed punctuation marks are punctuation marks are punctuation marks are
correctly. Spelling is reasonably placed moderately placed placed incorrectly.
accurate (0-5 errors) correctly. Spelling is correctly. Spelling is Spelling is inaccurate
reasonably accurate (6- moderately accurate (Over 15 errors)
10 errors) (11-15 errors)
Vocabulary Student correctly uses a Student correctly uses a Student uses a Student uses incorrect
wide range of learned reasonable range of moderate amount of vocabulary and is
vocabulary. vocabulary. correct vocabulary. repetitive.
Completeness – The student included The patch is complete: The patch is The patch is not
Written Parts more information than all questions are moderately complete: complete. Some to
required. answered. most questions are several questions are
answered. not finished.

Name: _______________________________ Grade: __________


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