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Material:

Diego Rivera

Rating: 4 stars
Used in Course: Used in course
Submitted by: Barbara Kuczun Nelson (Faculty), Jun 02, 2004
Comment: I used The Virtual Diego Rivera Web Museum with a second semester Spanish class
in November 2003. The assignment was designed to take advantage of the social
themes of the paintings and murals and to compare the lives of the indigenas
with the privileged lives of the upper ruling class. To prepare for this
assignment I had students read the Biografia Visual de Diego Rivera by Marela
Trejo Zacarias, a student at Kenyon College:
www2.kenyon.edu/Depts/Mll/Spanish/Projects/TrejoZacarias/spanish.htm
Students working in pairs selected a mural or painting from the museum. Then
they discussed the subject material, theme, symbols, and possible social
significance. The present subjunctive with verbs of doubt and certainty as the
grammatical focus tied in perfectly. As a followup activity they had to send me
a PowerPoint slide with their painting and five original sentences using the
subjunctive or indicative as a fill in the blank exercise.
For example: Es obvio que la molinera_______(tener) una vida dura.
I used their slides as a review the next day in class.

Other less complicated assignments could easily be planned. For example, using
La Sangre de los Martires Revolucionarios fertilizando la Tierra, students could
write a creative short story using the preterite and imperfect tenses to
describe the life of the two martyrs. What were they like? What were their lives
like? What did they believe or want? How did they die? Why are they martyrs?

This is a beautiful site, but since this site was not designed as a complete
study module, it is left to the techer's imagination and creativity to find ways
to make meaningful activities. A suggestion would be to incorporate a "For
Teacher's" manual with suggestions for use in the classroom at all levels

Technical Remarks:

My students found the site easy to navigate and appreciated the cleaness and
simplicity of the site. Images loaded quickly and there are links to download
required plugins.