Fernando Botero (1), Cartagena de Indias (2) - thematic units for SP Intermediate 1
Two thematic units about Colombia, a great painter and a walled city. Contextualized. Content-based.

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Unit 1. Fernando Botero
Have fun describing Botero's oversized people! (What a wonderful way to practice those adjectives!) Acquaint your students with Botero's huge bodies, round faces and tiny feet. Once they have studied the paintings in this unit, they will also understand his opinions about Colombian society.

Unit 2. Cartagena de Indias
Cartagena de Indias is the only remaining walled city in South Americas with the walls intact in many areas. The unit is built around two short texts. The first is a dialogue between two young men during the colonial period. The second text describes what the city and its wall, built to protect the city from slave raiders, looks like today. And there is more! García Márquez uses the city as the locale for one of his books and the characters are described within this spectacular colonial city.

1. Subject matter: painter, port city
2. Vocabulary: painting, city
3. Grammar: verbs with stem changes; descriptive adjectives
4. Oral practice: paintings, forts
5. Homework: stereotypes, cities named after cities in the Old World
6. Internet: key words for web searches / expand the topics
7. Model tests
8. Teacher's guide
9. Answer key


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