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Do They Play Sports in Costa Rica?

Katherine Williamson


Students use target language (Spanish) newspapers found on the Internet to compare/contrast sports found in Costa Rica and the United States.


The student uses target-language sources (e.g., members of the target culture) to obtain information (in person or via the Internet) about a hobby, sport, or topic of personal, community, or world interest.


-Computers with Internet access(reserve library for the day!)
-Blank poster
-Spanish to English Dictionaries
-Copies of rubric for each student
-Either overhead projector with transparency of questions need for internet activity or...
-Chalk/white board with questions written on it


1. Sign up for Library
2. Bookmark internet sites
3. Gather glue, scissors, poster board, printer paper
4. Turn on all computers
5. Write the internet addresses on the board
6. Gather Spanish/English dictionaires
7. Review Internet sites to become familiar with information located there
8. Remind classes to meet in library


1. Briefly discuss comparing/contrasting. Make sure that students have an understanding of how to do this.

2. Hand out the copies of the rubric to each student. Discuss expectations and review rubric. Explain that 1 is low and 5 is the highest allowable number. Tell students that there is a total of 35 available points.

3. Explain that students need to include at least one quote from the Internet information in their papers. They must include the author of the quote, the name of the article, and the web address. (the URL) Explain that the quote will be in Spanish (they do not translate it to English). Explain that the quote must relate to the body of the paper.

4. Alert the students to the fact that they will be reading in the target language (Spanish), however, they will respond to the questions in English and the paper will also be in English. (This may be modified to all target languages depending on the level of the class)

5. Introduce the topic of the paper by talking about sports in our country. What types of sports do we play? Are we competitive? What kinds of sports do you think that people play in other countries? Do we compete against other countries?

6. Direct students to use the Internet to discover what kinds of sports the people of Costa Rica play. Tell them that they will be using actual newspapers from Costa Rica to explore this topic. Direct student attention to either the board or the overhead. Read aloud the questions listed. Have them refer back to the these questions as they read the newspapers. Questions: What are some of the sports played here in America? In Costa Rica? How are the sports the same? Different? Would some different sports be successful here in America? Why are the sports different? Why are they the same? What is one interesting item that you learned today that you didnít know? Explain to the students that they must take excellent notes because part of the assignment will be to write a paper comparing and contrasting at least two of the sports that they found today! Tell the students to copy a quote that they like from some of the articles found today.

7. Direct students to find a partner and log on to a computer. Tell them that there are two sites that have been bookmarked already. They are "nacion" and "infoweb".(See Weblinks) Direct them to use these sites to take notes and find the different types of sports played in Costa Rica.
8. Make sure that the students have Spanish/English dictionaies for use.

9. Monitor the student activity on the Internet. Walk around the room and make sure that they are on the correct sites and that they are collecting answers to the listed questions.

10. There are also several pictures through out the different sites. Go around the room and ask different students to print a picture. Do not allow them to print until you tell them to do so.

11. Ask students with pictures to bring them to the board, glue them on, and label them. As a formative assessment, initiate a teacher-led conversation by asking individual students the following types of questions: What sport is this? What is the name in Spanish? Is it a sport played in America? Why? Why not? etc.

12. As a formative assessment, ask several students to read/state the one thing that they learned today that they did not know before their Internet search.

13. Assign the paper as homework. Direct students to write a one page paper (using the information found on line) comparing/contrasting at least two of the sports in Costa Rica with the sports played here in America. Remind them to state their personal opinions! Also remind them to review the rubric before writing their papers.


1.The teacher can formatively assess students on line for knowledge concerning use of the Internet. (Refer to procedure #9)
2.The teacher can formatively assess students by the teacher-led questioning and the answers the students provide. (Refer to procedure #11)
3.As another formative assessment, ask several students to read/state the one thing that they learned today that they did not know before researching. (Refer to procedure #12)

(The summative assessment should only be assigned after the teacher has formatively assessed students and determined that they are ready)
4. As summative assessment, students write a one-page paper comparing/contrasting at least two of the sports found in America and Costa Rica. Remind students to give their personal opinions about the topic. (See Rubric in Associated File)


"Nacion" is a newspaper from Costa Rica. It has several interesting sections about sports. It has past and present winners of various events and all kinds of sports listed.
"Infoweb" has a listing of several different newspapers from Costa Rica. The newspapers are current-I believe that they change daily and that the older periodicals can be retrieved.

Web Links

Web supplement for Do They Play Sports in Costa Rica?

Web supplement for Do They Play Sports in Costa Rica?

Attached Files

Rubric for grading the compare/contrast paper.     File Extension: pdf

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