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SPA 104 WEEK 5 DISCUSSION 1 Week 5 – Discussion 1 El Mundo Actual Prepare: What are you most interested in – the environment or politics and current affairs? This week you will have a choice between these two topics for your first discussion in this course. Once you have selected your topic, you will need to think about what Spanish speaking country you’d like to focus on for a cultural comparison. Do a search to see what the hot political topics and/or environmental efforts are in the country you’ve chosen. Also, take a few moments to review the Notas Culturales from your assigned readings this week and to review any additional resources provided in the Instructor Guidance. • Read El Yunque: Tesoro Tropical (p.419). • Read La política en el Mundo Hispano p. 428 • In the Capítulo 11 Student Activities Manual, read and review SAM 11-18 Heritage language: Tu Español. Reflect: To begin, carefully review the questions listed below associated with the cultural readings. When you have reflected on your thoughts for each, you are ready to write your response. Topic #1 – El Medio Ambiente • What relationship is there between the projects to use more renewable energies in Latin America and the sustainable energy movement in general? • What do you currently do on a regular basis that could be considered ecologically responsible? • What actions in your daily life have a negative effect on the environment? • What can you do differently to increase your positive impact on the environment and to decrease your negative impact? Topic #2 – La Política Choose the Spanish speaking country of your choice and address the following: • Who are the leaders of the country of the target culture and what political party do they represent? • What are the major political issues in the country at the moment? Are the issues the same for all ages – young, middle-aged, post retirement? • How do the current issues dominating the media of this country compare with the current issues dominating the media in the United States? Write: Respond to the questions associated with the topics from the Notas Culturales in Capítulo 11. Your response should be at least 300 words in length in order to provide sufficient detail and to demonstrate critical thought with respect to these cultural practices. Respond to Peers: Review your classmates’ posts and respond to at least two of your peers. Share alternate views, provide personal experiences as they relate to the topic, expand upon ideas, or provide questions to encourage further elaboration of the topic. Each response should be a minimum of 75 words. Carefully review the Discussion Forum Grading Rubric Announcement for the criteria that will be used to evaluate this Discussion Thread.


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