A WebQuest for
10th Grade Spanish (Spanish 2)
This lesson was developed
as part of the University of Chicago's Web Institute for
Teachers program, whose purpose is to train teachers to integrate
technology into the classroom.
In general, the lesson
focuses on preparing the student with the foundation in Spanish
vocabulary, eating customs and geography in order to be able to order
food in a Spanish restaurant.
Specifically, the lesson
with several goals in mind:
This lesson is designed
for high school-level Spanish 2 students and involves cultural and
geographic knowledge (presented in English), food vocabulary
acquisition (English/Spanish), and written and oral expression in
Spanish. It fits in well as a supplementary lesson to a food
Students are assumed to
have basic computer skills and to have an intermediate level of
expression in Spanish in order to complete the culminating restaurant
Foreign Language Standards addressed by this webquest include:
Comprehend illustrated websites.
[You can paste in the process description given to students on the student page and then interleave the additional details that a teacher might need.]
The lesson is organized
in steps, which give the student the necessary cultural and linguistic
background in order to be able to produce the skit. It is
estimated that this webquest will take about 2 to 3 weeks to
complete. The sections on comparing/contrasting Spanish/Mexican
cuisine, eating customs and gastronomic regions of Spain can each be
covered in about 1 class period. The sections on food and
restaurant-centered vocabulary and phrases should take a total of about
2-3 class periods. The section on translating Spanish
restaurant menus should take about 2 class periods and creating
and performing the restaurant skit should take about 3 classroom
Students should be
divided into groups for the menu translation and skit production. I
recommend groups of 4 and suggest that the teacher pair up the 1 strong
student with 1 weak student in each group and then allow those 2 to
complete their groups with other classmates of their own
choosing. The advantage of this is to provide a certain balance
to the "quality" of each group's composition, while at the same time
allowing flexibility for the groups to select other classmates with
they work well.
Supplementary and optional activities to enhance this webquest are also provided.
In order to implement this lesson, students will need to have internet access and access to printers. Color printers would certainly provide a more attractive menu translation than black and white ones, but are obviously not necessary. Spanish dictionaries would be helpful for the menu translation and skit production, but the online ones may be sufficient.
[If the lesson makes extensive use of specific websites, it would be appropriate to list, describe and link them here. It would also be helpful to link the names of books suggested to Amazon or other online sources.]
One teacher can implement this webquest by his/her self, but, of course, if you decide to enrich your webquest with an optional field trip to a Spanish restaurant, you will need to enlist the help of parents as chaperones.
I recommend the following
grade weighting for the different student products related to this
The first 5 elements
listed above can be evaluated using a completion scale of:
The other student products (Food Dictionary, Menu Translation, Skit Production) may be evaluated using the attached rubrics.
[You may want to just copy and paste the evaluation section of the student page into this space and add any clarifications needed for another teacher to make use of this lesson.]
[List here the sources of
any images, music or text that you're using. Provide links back to the
I would like to thank my WIT
mentors, Jay Mulberry, Joy Reeves and techie wizard Alex Wilson for
their wisdom, guidance and patience in helping me acquire the technical
knowledge to develop this webquest.
[List any books and other analog media that you used as information sources as well.]
Last updated on August 15, 1999. Based on a template from The WebQuest Page