Activity: Who’s Who in Literature, Fine Arts, and Other Fields

Maria J. Fierro-Treviño

NATIONAL STANDARDS: COMMUNICATION AND COMMUNITIES

From Spain to the Americas, Hispanics have contributed to Literature, Fine Arts, and other fields.  A great many were trailblazers in their fields.

Activity: Students work in pairs to study a famous Hispanic of their choice or one assigned by the teacher.  (See examples.)  Students research information providing personal data of the person and other pertinent information.  Students write interview questions based on their research and then present their interview to the class. One student will be the interviewer and the other student will be the famous person.  Students use note cards for their interviews.  They do not read them word for word.

Teacher:  The length and level of difficulty will vary based on the language level of the student.  Using a rubric, the teacher grades each student’s oral expression individually. Students have a copy of the rubric in advance to understand how they will be graded.  The criteria in the rubric helps students formulate their questions.

LITERATURE

  • Rubén Darío
  • Octavio Paz
  • Sandra Cisneros

EDUCATION

  • Armando Vilaseca
  • Francisco Cigarroa

MUSCIANS/SINGERS

  • Carlos Santana
  • Gloria Estefan

ACTORS/ACTRESSES

  • Salma Hayek
  • Benicio del Toro
  • Rita Moreno

ARTISTS

  • Picasso
  • Diego Rivera
  • Frida Kahló  

GOVERNMENT

  • Sonia Sotomayor
  • Henry B. González

 MILITARY

  • General Richard E. Cavazos
  • Lt. Col. Consuelo Castillo Kickbush

 ARCHITECTS

  • Santiago Calatrava
  • Antonio Gaudí
  • Juan O’Gorman

 SCIENCE AND MEDICINE

  • Franklin Chang-Díaz
  • Severo Ochoa
  • Elena Ochoa

 ATHLETES

  • Dara Torres (swimming)
  • Pelé (soccer)
  • Manú Ginobli (basketball)

Comments are closed.