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Unidad 1 Etapa 3 ¿Viste las noticias?

Contexto

In ¿Viste las noticias? you learned to discuss ways to communicate, react to news, ask for and give information, and talk about things and people you already know. Being well-informed is essential in today's world. The first newspaper in Spanish published in the United States came out in the 1910s. Since then, Spanish-speaking media has grown to include radio, television, and the Internet.

Exploración

Explore the links below to think about news coverage in Miami, and how knowing another language expands the ways in which you gather information. You might want to keep a notebook nearby to jot down ideas as you think about the following questions:

  • How do you get your news? Do you read the paper, watch TV, or get news via the Internet? Do you learn about events through friends and family?
  • Do you think knowing another language can expand the ways in which you view an event? How?
  • Name three similarities and three differences you see between newspapers and magazines in Spanish and those in English in terms of content and style.
  • Why do you think the media in Spanish cover events both in the United States and in Latin America?
  • What do you think makes a good news broadcast or article?

El Canal 51 en Miami (English/Spanish) http://www.wscv.com/
See the programming of one of Miami's TV stations in Spanish.

El Nuevo Herald (Spanish) http://www.elherald.com/
Read Miami headlines in Spanish

Vista Magazine (English/Spanish) http://www.vistamagazine.com/
Find out about a new magazine for Spanish speakers in the U.S. based in Miami.

Aplicación

Read the notes you have from your Exploración. In a group of three or four students, think about a newsworthy event in your school or community to report to the school community–students, teachers, and parents. Choose who will reenact the event, who will write a brief news script, and who will report it to the class. It might help to review together what you think makes a good news broadcast, and how you will appeal to your audience. Reenact and report your event to the class. You might look at the vocabulary in the En resumen section of this etapa or the online flashcards to facilitate your writing.