Cultural and history projects are an opportunity for students to learn about a foreign country like Spain and how culture, religion and history have shaped its people and traditions. Whether they were assigned a project on Spain or they chose the country themselves for the project, studying an aspect of Spanish history and culture will expand their knowledge of the world---and maybe even inspire them visit the country one day.
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Camino de Santiago
Compose a song that a musically inclined pilgrim might have written or pen a fictional journal account of that pilgrim's journey to a famous Spanish shrine. Religion was a powerful force in shaping Spanish culture. For centuries, pilgrims from all over Europe travelled the Camino de Santiago (Way of St. James) to the city of Santiago de Compostela, where pious legend declares St. James the Apostle is buried.
Federico Garcia Lorca
Write a poem in the style of Federico Garcia Lorca. Explain what elements you drew from his poetry. Lorca was a Spanish poet and playwright whose work was well-known in the English-speaking world. He drew inspiration from his native Andalusia and the folk traditions of Spain. In 1936, he was executed by Falangists during the Spanish Civil War for his suspected left-wing political sympathies, according to the website of Columbia University.
Running of the Bulls
Explore the history of the famous Running of the Bulls, or the animal rights controversy surrounding it. Take a more creative approach and write an account of the running from a bull's point of view. Beginning in 1867, the city of Pamplona has hosted this event which inspires acts of bravery (some say foolishness) and no small amount of controversy. According to the Council of Pamplona, the event began in the Middle Ages when bulls "were led on foot from the countryside to the public square set up as a bullring. The last stretch was covered at dawn and at running pace in order not to disturb the locals."
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