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ERIC Number: EJ1091023
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1083-5415
Judging a Book by Its Cover: Developing Intercultural Competence through Book Covers
Perugini, Dorie Conlon
Learning Languages, v20 n2 p19-20 Spr-Sum 2015
In this brief article, elementary Spanish teacher, Dorie Perugini describes a classroom project that not only enabled students to explore their own culture and cultures around the world, but motivated them to create a beautiful piece of art. Like most elementary language teachers, Perugini needed to teach her class about food. While planning her lesson, she contemplated how she could evoke the strong memories of favorite recipes and foods traditionally eaten at holidays in and if it was possible to get across the importance of food in cultural identity to her third grade students during a standard fruit unit. Using one of her favorite third grade stories, "La sorpresa de Nandi" by Eileen Brown she engaged her class in her a novice level Spanish discussion about the book's cover, giving her students great motivation to listen to the story. To help her students gain skills of Intercultural Competence after reading the story, Perugini based her future lesson plans on an essential question: How would the story change if it was set in a different country? Following this discussion, Perugini partnered with a classroom teacher to create an interdisciplinary lesson in English. With the aid of the classroom teacher and the school's library media specialist, the students came up with a number of questions to further explore and research how the story would change if it were set in a different country. When they had finished gathering their information, the students used materials from the art room to create poster-sized covers for their new stories.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 3; Primary Education; Early Childhood Education
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Language: English
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