I first used kiva.org as part of a 5th grade Exhibition years ago with just a small group of students. It then became my go to item for gifts such as birthdays and Mothers Day. It was more recently when I thought about using it to help students acquire Spanish, learn about other cultures, and solve an authentic problem. My COETAIL Course Two reminded me of the power of connecting, leveraging the web, and then sharing the outcome.
So, this is the process by which my Spanish IV (DP I) class went about helping Edgar with his car, Brenda with her store and José with his farming equipment while acquiring Spanish in meaningful ways.
- Each student chose a Spanish Speaking country to investigate. Next they...
- Researched two or three people to support. Although in English, you can also VIEW ORIGINAL LANGUAGE DESCRIPTION which is just awesome.
- Chose a person or group to support.
- Created a two minute Elevator Speech as to why their person should be supported.
- Delivered the speech with a few pictures of the country, the owner and the purpose of the loan. They used the subjunctive mood such as "It's important that..." "I want you to..." and "I hope that you..." to make their case.
- The class took notes (en español) as to whom they liked best knowing they would have to cast a vote the end of all the pitches.
- Students voted at the end of class as to whom they would support.
- We then divided the class up among the top four winners.
- Each person in each group chipped in 2-4 dollars to add to the $25 loan amount.
- Once money was collected, each group officially made a payment toward the project.
- Each leader/winner also reported back to the class when the loan was paid back.