good > perfect … cultural lesson plans

During this time of year, I always struggle between the desire to include diverse holiday traditions and the need to authentically portray the culture of whichever Spanish speaking region I’m teaching. This year our cultural focus in the World Language department at Trinity School is Spain (and France for French class). Although Spain celebrates the Christian/Catholic holidays of La Navidad and El día de los Reyes Magos, there are also Janucá celebrations throughout.

Below you will find details of a lesson plan I used to teach about La Janucá and the Jewish community in Spain. This lesson is by no means comprehensive or without fault. I utilized a variety of resources online, spoke with colleagues, and chose to implement a lesson about a topic that is still new to me. Hence, the title of this post; I am choosing not to forsake the good for the perfect. No lesson, particularly lessons about culture, can be perfect, but it is better to say something than nothing.

I would love to hear suggestions on how to improve this lesson. In my #doodlenotes, you will find areas that I realize need improvement; I would to hear feedback about these areas or others I may have missed.

Hope you enjoy!

Love and light,

LK

P.S. Here is the link to LA Times article.

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