1. Your instructor will divide the class into six groups.
2. As a team, consult the grading rubrics to make sure you understand your individual and team responsibilities so you can create the best presentation possible. This will give you some ideas about what type of end product you would like to create.
3. Make a rough plan of what type of product that you are going to produce. Keep in mind that your audience is a foreign exchange student who needs to learn Spanish. The end product must be in Spanish and English. You may work on individual tasks as long as the tasks together make a unified presentation that fulfills your team goal. (i.e., you may have video interviews, a collage, and a drawing that together explain the celebrations.) You may decide to produce one product – for example, a book about Christmas in Mexico – which you work on individually as well as collaboratively. (The book would contain stories, pictures, drawings, songs, recipes, etc., but need to be put together in one “seamless” product.) You should assign one person to be responsible for making sure the individual products come together in a meaningful way. At this point, you need to verify with your instructor that it is okay to proceed with your project as planned.
4. Every member of the team is required to work daily. For example, if you are the team member responsible for the assembly of the materials into book form, do not wait until everyone gives you items to start figuring out how to put the book together. Your initial research should be on creating a theme for the book, researching ways to compile a book physically, and sharing this with team members during the finalizing of plans for your end product, so that a common theme, book size, allowing margins for binding, etc. can be decided for a smooth transition from individual works into one common work.
5. Each member of the group will research information about living in Mexico and aspects of celebrating the Christmas season in Mexico (or how to bring all the information together into a “seamless” product). Resources will include, but not be limited to, the internet, books, magazines, photographs, vacation guides, library reference materials, development of a survey for interviewing people native to Mexico, development of a telephone survey for interviewing people in the community who have knowledge of life in Mexico (pastor, secretary, Hispanic teacher or support staff at your school, Hispanic librarian of Spanish-speaking churches or libraries). You will need to divide research responsibilities among team members based on the criteria you decide – one person researches websites, one researches magazines, one researches typical style of Mexican artwork or appropriate subjects for a drawing, one develops an interview instrument, etc. The on-line references are: (Hard-copy references are located in the library.)
6. Meet with your team to make sure your research is developing into your chosen end-product. Finalize plans for your end product. It is okay if your research leads you to change to an entirely different end-product at this stage. Check with your instructor to proceed to the final stage of your project. Make sure each team member understands his/her role in working on the product.
7. Complete your research phase.
8. Work on your individual projects, finalizing your part of the plan. Keep in mind, although one person is responsible for bringing the individual projects into one product, everyone can help with the final process of physically producing the final product. Be sure that your product is in Spanish and English.
When you are finished with your product, rehearse your presentation to the foreign exchange student. There has to be some explanation. The product must make sense in a real-life situation. You may want to read excerpts from your product, play it if it is a video, run it on the computer if it requires a computer software program, etc.