Monday, November 14, 2011

Los Signos del Zodíaco

We are now in the unit in Spanish IV where we discuss advanced terms for personality traits and characteristics.  One of my favorite activities to do in this unit is to look up our zodiac signs and see what our personalities are supposedly like according to those, then make a comparison/contrast based on on our real personalities.

I found a website that gives excellent personality descriptions (en español, por supuesto) including positive attributes, negative attributes and a descriptive paragraph.  Perfect for intermediate or advanced students!  Take a look at it here:

Click for Spanish Zodiac Signs and Personality Descriptions

Once the students have read their personality descriptions and looked up any vocabulary they do not know, they make a Venn diagram to show the reality of the situation.  I hope to get some pictures of those Venn diagrams up here tomorrow for you to see.

There are a couple of things that we teachers need to keep in mind when doing activities which involve the zodiac.  I've made a short list of pros and cons for you.

  • This activity is fun and the kids really enjoy it
  • Students get to use authentic source material from online sites dealing with the zodiac
  •  Students utilize technology to complete this assignment
  • Students get to talk about themselves and their friends
  • Some strict religious families frown on the zodiac in all its forms.  Prepare an alternate assignment ahead of time for them!
  • You will need to make sure that you are clear that you are not condoning the use or the following of the zodiac, only using it as a classroom tool.
  • If the Internet is unavailable at your school at the time of the activity, you won't be able to complete it.  Plan ahead by making copies of anything you might need - just in case.

Hasta pronto,


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