This unit is an exciting integration of geography and
Spanish on a topic of interest to many students, even more so after
the tsunami tragedy of December 2004, in the Indian Ocean. In this unit,
students will study the physical geographical phenomena that impact
human settlement and cultural patterns, and the ways in which humans
react to these natural phenomena, which are present in all parts of
Students will explore key important geographical questions:
The customizable activities presented in these units allow teachers to
personalize the topics for their students by examining a variety of natural
disasters. At the same time, students receive linguistic input and produce
output on crucial Advanced level language functions such as detailed descriptions,
comparisons, and past narration, in addition to recycling lower-level
functions (e.g., asking information questions).
- Where are the most likely places on earth for natural disasters
- What natural disasters are especially common in the different regions
of the Spanish-speaking world?
- What impact have these natural phenomena had on the affected societies,
physically and culturally?
Students will (1) describe in detail a natural disaster chosen at
random and devise a plan for first response, including public service
announcements, family plans,. etc. Students can also (2) design a new
theme park around the concept of a particular natural disaster (volcano,
earthquake,. etc.) and present it to the class.