Spanish 3 and 4 Students

Bienvenidos a los estudiantes de Español Tres y Cuatro
Below you will find links to the library catalog, the best databases for these projects, and some presentation tools.  If you scroll to the bottom of the page, you'll find your assignments for Sra. Moffat Spain and Mexico, and Sra. Cabiles for Mexico. 

As always, please ask Mrs. PH if you have any questions.  Buena suerte.

Here is the Library Catalog for you to see which books we have in the library about Mexico and Spain.

First, check out the library databases. Username: jfkchs and Password: lancers for ALL databases.  
You can use any of them here, but these are the best databases for your needs:
  1. Culture Grams Is an amazing source for information on the history, culture, and traditions of different places around the world.  Click, choose "world edition," and then search for your state, country, or province.  I would use this source first and then try the others.
  2. History Study Center Log in and then type your search term.  You can narrow down your search by looking first in maps & reference, historical documents, journals, etc.  
  3. SIRS Discoverer This is another amazing source -- you can log in and enter your search term in the general search box at the top of the page, or you can click on "Country Facts and Maps."  

Gale Databases: 
Instructions: Use the password "lancers" for each of the databases on this link.
Depending on your needs, you may also want to try the Gale Databases.  If you haven't used these for other classes, then know that once you sign in to the databases, you should click "Sign in with Microsoft" at the top of the page and log in with your Kennedy email.  Then you can save articles, highlight them and take notes on them, send it to your One Drive, etc.

Citing Your Sources: In some cases the database you use will give you the option to cite your source.  If it does, choose that and copy/paste it into your bibliography.  If it doesn't, here are two great options (better than Easy Bib).

 The OWL at Purdue University for the best, and most up-to-date information on MLA format.

Citation Machine is also a good site to use for MLA format bibliographies

Well now you've researched and written and compiled and you know A TON of information about your Mexican state or your Spanish province.  Now you need to create a presentation with visuals that will be appealing to the students and your teacher.  Powerpoint is old and boring.  Prezi is better, but there are also some fabulous presentation tools you can use to spice up that project.  And let's face it, everyone wants to see a cool and well-done presentation, right?  My faves are Animoto, Blabberize, Plotagon, and Piktochart -- but you know your learning curve and what your teacher wants.

So here are some great options for you:

and Presentation Tools

Animoto Easy and quick way to make engaging videos.  Choose from a variety of templates, insert your own text, photos, and music or choose from pre-selected ones on the website.  Free accounts allow students to create 30 second videos.  Teachers can sign up for free educator accounts that allow for a limited number of student accounts to create longer videos. 

Blabberize  Animate your photos so that they speak or preloaded images.
 Picture a Story The art of storytelling – create and record your story 
 Plotagon  Create an animated movie from just writing a written script. Write your story, choose characters, setting, and music –press play and your movie is done 

Piktochart is an awesome tool to create free, full color, totally customizable infographics.  Why have a boring list of statistics when you can make an infographic?!   


Jennifer Haas,
Apr 19, 2019, 10:07 AM