Sor Juana, First Feminist / The Mexican Silver Rush; 2 thematic units - Intermediate 2
México colonial
Sor Juana y la cocina de Nueva España
El Camino de la Plata

She is our first female poet, our first great feminist. She chose the convent rather than marriage. What was convent life like? Sor Juana read and wrote, she corresponded with learned men all over the world and she cooked. Practice the imperative with a recipe for flan straight from the convent! Discuss how the role of women has changed over the centuries.

The Camino de la Plata goes from Mexico City to Santa Fe, New Mexico. Read about marching north in search of silver from two points of view, a Spaniard's letter to his mother and two Chichimecas talking. A cartoon included has the following caption: Voy a California por el oro. No me interesa construir naciones. Let your students discuss the opening of the American West, the gold rush, and compare it with the Mexican experience.

Subject matter: colonial daily life; convent life; silver towns
Vocabulary: cooking (verbs and nouns); convent; colonial cities
Grammar: imperative
Oral practice: give ingredients until class guesses dish; visit various cities
Homework: recipe; two famous cooks; daily life of rich and poor
Internet: key words for Net search
Model tests and teacher's guide
Number of pages: 24
Answer key: included

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Intermediate Spanish
High school Spanish curriculum
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Spanish culture for kids
Culture and language
Hispanic culture for kids
Spanish activities for middle school students
Spanish activities for high school students
International Baccalaureate

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