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Primer NivelLeccion 6

La familia hispana

In this chapter you have been talking about your family and family members. Nowadays on the World Wide Web, more and more people have personal Web pages, and some of them contain information about their family and friends. Let's surf the net and explore the pages of some Hispanic families.

  1. In this activity, you will visit Web pages of two Hispanic families. Of course, the pages are mostly in Spanish, but that's OK because you don't have to understand every word. In fact, your task will be very specific. What you must do is browse the Web pages, looking at the pictures and names of various family members, and try to construct family trees indicating how the members are related to one another.

    However, this may not be as easy as it sounds! Although the pages contain pictures and names of the family members, their relationships (such as hermano, tía, etc.) are not always clearly indicated. This means that you will have to do some detective work using the information that you are able to gather from the pages. To make your job a little easier, you may wish to work with a partner so that you can discuss how exactly the family trees should be drawn.

    Visit the Web page of a Hispanic family: La familia de Jorge Luis Beléndez

  2. Working with your partner, use the names and information you were able to find on the above Web pages to construct a tree for each family. Draw your trees on a separate sheet of paper. Remember to include the name of each family member. If you are not sure how some members are related to one another, make your best guess and indicate the reason(s) why you think they are related in that way.

  3. Now that you have drawn three family trees, you and your partner should find another pair of classmates. As a group, compare the trees you have drawn. If you disagree on how some family members are related, you must negotiate by giving the reasons for your choice. You may follow the dialogue below as a guide:

    Estudiante A: ¿Cómo se llama el padre de Juan?

    Estudiante B: El padre de Juan se llama 'Papá'.

    Estudiante A: ¿Cuántos hermanos tiene Juan?

    Estudiante C: Juan tiene un hermano. Se llama Pedro.

    Estudiante B: ¡No! Juan tiene dos hermanos: Pedro y Felipe.

    Estudiante D: ¿Felipe y Juan son hermanos?

    Estudiante B: Si, porque son altos y morenos.

    Estudiante D: ¡Ah, si!