De Vacaciones is a unit in which students learn to speak about going on vacations. By the end of the unit, they should be able to talk about things to do on a vacation, describe typical places to visit while on vacation, talk about events in the past using the preterit tense, and understand cultural perspectives on travel and vacation. This unit falls at the end of Spanish I (or Spanish 1B if the course is divided over two years). When starting this unit, students should already know the preterit tense of regular verbs. Throughout the unit, students will work with a partner to plan a trip to a Spanish-speaking city and learn about the amount of work that goes into planning a trip. The students will create a scrapbook-like presentation of the trip they planned, as if they had actually taken the trip, and will present their project to the class.
Metcalf, Jaclyn, "De Vacaciones" (2011). Understanding by Design: Complete Collection. Paper 172.
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