This lesson fits in with a Italian Culture and Traditions unit we teach in Italian 3. Monuments are places that are often noted in travel books and visited on tours, but why? What can these stone statues, ruins, or relics teach us? Teaching students to recognize these monuments allows them to build a greater understanding of the country they are studying on various levels. First, you can use this to help reinforce geography. Before talking about culture and traditions, we always do a short unit in which they study the geography of the country. Localizing the monuments helps provide a review of some of the major cities as well as smaller communities of great cultural importance. Each student will be assigned a province with certain monuments. Student will prepare a presentation and produce a logo with one of the monuments from the province or of their traditions using the vinyl laser cutter.
During this lesson students will research a province and its most important tourist attractions. Students will create a brochure with major monuments to visit for future travelers and a logo with to be b printed on the vinyl cutter and presented in class. They will have to explain to their classmate the historical importance of the logo/monument presented and answer questions from their classmates in the target language.
We will review culture and traditions as well as the historical importance of monuments.