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5 Articles for Your Spanish Class

Collage by Kate Karstens. Images taken from stories listed below. 

Collage by Kate Karstens. Images taken from stories listed below. 

For Spanish teachers looking for ways to incorporate under-reported stories from Spanish-speaking countries into your lesson plans, look no further! Some international grantees have written two versions of their stories, one in English and one in Spanish. The articles (written in Spanish) below show a wide range of topics, certain to peak the interest of students from the middle-school level all the way to the university level. 

Stories Used in This Lesson

By Sara Reardon, Published in Nature

Peace efforts in Colombia have put an end to 50 years of intense conflict. Now, scientists study who were combatants and victims, while both try to heal.

By Ruxandra Guidi, Published in Pulitzer Center

As real estate investors threaten the livelihood of indigenous groups living in the Bolivian jungles, this article looks at the conversations surrounding the country’s next steps.

By Daniel Connolly, Published in Excelsior

His story shows that when Americans buy illegal drugs—even a small amount of seemingly harmless marijuana—they're likely contributing to the corrosive river of drug money flowing south.

By Viridiana Vidales Coyt, Published in Pulitzer Center

Due to diabetes and obesity, studies find that this generation of Native American children may be the first that does not survive their parents.

By Roberto Lovato, Published in New America Media. 

On the thirty-first anniversary of the assassination of Oscar Romero by paramilitary agents, Salvadorans want to know if Obama will do his part to end impunity at the top of the Salvadoran social ladder.

Suggested Assignments

  • Write a persuasive paragraph that uses evidence from the article to explain why this issue is important and should be published in American newspapers
  • Find an article that is similar to this topic and share with your table or with the class


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