Eighth Grade World Language Themes
Trimester 1:
Who am I? Who do I hope to be?

Trimester 2:
Leisure

Trimester 3:
Telling Our Stories

Guiding Questions:

  • Who am I in this world?

  • Who do I hope to be?

  • What are my values? What are the values of our school community?

Guiding Questions:

  • How do young people around the world spend their free time?

Guiding Questions:

  • What role does storytelling have in sustaining a culture from one generation to the next?

Final project:
Scholars watch a short video about a hero of the target language culture, identifying key biographical details and the values that person embodies. Scholars then reflect on the values they personally uphold through their actions. In an unscripted conversation, they introduce themselves to a peer and talk about their values. Scholars then prepare two scrapbook pages that present who they are today and who they hope to be in the future. The pages are collected into a class scrapbook.
Final project:
Scholars examine infographics and articles about the leisure activities of young people in various target language countries, inferring the reasons for similarities and differences between countries. They then choose one activity to research in more depth and prepare a presentation in which they describe the practices of the target culture and the perspectives of its people. Finally, scholars have an unscripted conversation with a peer in which they compare the cultures they studied and discuss their own preferred leisure activities.
Final project:
After exploring the storytelling traditions of the French/Spanish-speaking world, scholars apply their knowledge of a storytelling genre to create their own illustrated book.

Below are examples of exemplary student work. Click each photo to enlarge.

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