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Hispanic Heritage Month Writing Idea

September 23, 2011 has a nice variety of fairly short biographies (written in English) of twelve different people from Spanish-speaking countries. For a writing activity, I had my students choose two and summarize them in Spanish. My directions were to include

  1. Where and when the person was born
  2. Where s/he lives (or lived)
  3. Something about his/her personal life (one-two sentences)
  4. Why s/he is famous (two-three sentences)
  5. When s/he died (if applicable)
Easy peasy! I like having the students read in English but write summaries in Spanish because it prevents them from just copying chunks from the original text, as is their habit.

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