It was challenging for me to think of a lesson that incorporated this article for my Spanish class. But here is what I came up with!
This lesson would adapt to the different levels of Spanish by increasing or decreasing the amount of discussion that occurs in Spanish. In Spanish 1 and 2, the students can express some their thoughts in Spanish. Whereas, in a Spanish 3 through to Spanish 5 I can discuss the content of the articles with the students in Spanish and the discussion will be all in Spanish. I would start by giving the students an overview of the article and the issue that it targets. We will talk about obesity, and the foods that are available in this country and how they contribute to the growing population of people considered obese.
I would then present some vocabulary that ties into the topic:
- Obese- obeso/obesa, gordo/gorda
- Westernization - la occidentalización
- Heart Disease - enfermedad cardíaca
- Government - el gobierno
- Soda - el refresco
Something along those lines. I wanted to connect the topic of obesity to Latin America, so I found articles that discussed the increase in obesity in countries like Chile, Brazil, Colombia, etc. Many of the researchers attributed this to the life style changes in these countries. The new lifestyles resemble a western lifestyle; more sedentary, more processed foods, better economy, etc. Some of these articles talk about what these governments and health organizations are doing to counter obesity. One article I found was from the Washington Post:
I also have some pictures of McDonald's in Latin America:
Another example of western influence is the partnership between Coca-Cola and the Peruvian soda Inca Kola.
This lesson could be at the tail end of unit that talks about food and help us look at modern concerns of food's impact on health. So, these are some of the ideas that came to mind when thinking about the soda ban article. I may even talk about ordering a burger from McDonald's when I was in Peru.